Mdou Moctar

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Mdou Moctar

Visitors

Wed · January 16, 2019

9:00 pm

529

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

Mdou Moctar
Mdou Moctar
In the crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou Moctar stands apart from his peers. Playing in the repertoire of desert guitar popularized by groups like Tinariwen and Bombino, Mdou is pushing the boundaries of the genre with a unique personal sound. With versatile compositions and genre defying albums, Mdou's music has been an underground success with an international following, set on redefining the sound of the desert.
Mdou Moctar hails from a small village in the Azawagh desert of Niger, a remote region steeped in religious tradition. As a child, he taught himself to play the a homemade guitars, cobbled together out of planks of wood. It was years later before he found a “real” guitar, teaching himself in secret. In an area where guitar music was all but prohibited, he quickly rose to the status of local celebrity amongst the village youth.
In 2008 he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album “Anar.” A psychedelic reworking of the Tuareg sound, the electronic tracks featured innovative pitch bending synths, drum machines, and autotune. In 2010, he teamed up with the label and collective Sahel Sounds, releasing his first international album, “Afelan.” In 2015, he co-wrote and starred in the first ever Tuareg language film, “Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red In It,” a Saharan remake of Prince's “Purple Rain.” In 2017, he again shifted gears to another sound with “Sousoume Tamachek,” a mellow blissed out recording evoking the calm desert soundscape, tackling religion, spirituality, and matters of the heart. In the past years, Tuareg rock music has gotten faster. There is a preference for this new style, both in the raucous weddings of Agadez and in Berlin rock clubs. The wavering guitar solos, rapid fire drums and heavy distortion has become characteristic of the contemporary sound. Mdou takes on this challenge, but with an ear towards tradition. Rooted in traditional, with borrowed polyrhythms of traditional « takamba » and lyrics sung in the style of old nomadic poets, his guitar playing is wild and unrelenting, equal parts nomadic bard and Eddie Van Halen. Mdou Moctar and his band have toured Europe and North America, playing sold out shows from small DIY rock clubs in Portland to New York City's Lincoln Center. His music has been featured in the BBC, The Guardian, Pitchfork, New Yorker, L.A. Weekly, NPR, Rolling Stone, Les Inrocks, and his film continues to be screened at film festivals around the world. From underground star of Niger to international film star, Mdou Moctar has undoubtedly one of the quickest rises to success.
Visitors
Visitors
Visitors is an instrumental collaboration shared between Rasheeda Ali, Dan Carey Bailey, Gage Gilmore, Jeremi Johnson, Kenneth Kenito Murray and Jared Pepper. The music of the group floats between composition and improvisation, often with a focus on droning chordal structures and repetition in odd mixed-meter rhythms. Pepper’s active and dynamic drumming blends with Murray’s exciting percussive style to create complex yet naturally flowing grooves for the band to explore. Bailey holds the structure of the songs with his looping and subtly evolving bass lines, dancing between the drums and percussion. On keys, Gilmore provides color and density in support of the rhythm section and melodic moments with emotional and sometimes abstract statements. Johnson adds to the strange nature of the band with his sprawling synth pads and twisting textural landscapes. Flautist, Ali commands the energy of the group with her swift and uniquely detailed melodic sensibility. With a wide range of effects and and finely sharpened precision, Ali and her flute bring a sound entirely unmistakeable to anyone but her.
Venue Information:
529
529 Flat Shoals Ave
Atlanta, GA, 30316
http://529atlanta.com