Feed Me Weird Thing Volume 2, Edition #4 in cooperation with Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
8pm to 12am
$13 adv $15 day of show
With special guests Thuh Chocolate Hog Boys and Antoinette Tidjani Alou
Music for desert picnics. Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar delves into his more sensitive side with a minimal studio recording of
dreamy ballads. Thumping calabash, droning guitars, and vocal overdubs evoke an imagined desert soundscape. All instruments
and vocals performed by Mdou only, creating very personal and auteur sessions. Emotive and introspective, exploring
themes of religion, spirituality, and matters of the heart. Songs that are difficult to place, lifted out of half remembered memory
for one last time.
Mdou Moctar (né Mahamadou Souleymane) hails from the town of Tchintabaraden, Niger, a tiny village on the edge of the Sahara.
Playing in the style of Tuareg guitar made popular in the West by Tinariwen and Bombino, Mdou is one of the few original
singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre at home and abroad.
After his underground success on the pirate mp3 networks of West Africa with his first release, the psychedelic autotuned
“Anar,” (2008) he was featured on the Sahel Sounds compilation “Music from Saharan Cellphones” (2011) and launched a
successful touring career. In 2012, Mdou relocated from his village to Agadez, the center of Niger’s guitar scene, and formed
his band. Over the past years, he has become well known on the international circuit, playing high energy electrified music in
festivals and clubs across Europe and North America. In 2013, he released his first international album, “Afelan,” rocking and
raw sessions recorded live in Niger. In 2015, he starred in the first ever Tuareg language film, “Rain the Color Blue with a Little
Red In It,” a Nigerien remake of “Purple Rain.”
In the past years, Tuareg rock music, particularly that of Niger, has gotten faster. There is a preference for this new sound - 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. For Mdou, this was not always the case. Self taught in a religious region
that eschewed the guitar, Mdou was forced to learn music in secret. And when he did begin to play, there were no weddings or
festivities. His early oeuvre was developed to play at informal private sessions with his friends. In these “takits” or picnics, Mdou
and his friends would pass the lazy days together sitting under a tree, drinking tea, laughing, and singing songs.