In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou Moctar stands apart. One of the few singer-songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries, his unconventional style has won him accolades both in Niger and abroad. Hailing from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert, he taught himself guitar as a young boy, playing on a homemade instrument. In 2008, established as a local celebrity, he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album. A psychedelic collection of Tuareg guitar, it became an instant success in the MP3 networks of West Africa. International albums, rocking and raw, followed in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, he starred in the first ever Tuareg film, loosely based on Purple Rain: a fictional story of a struggling guitarist trying to make it against all odds in Agadez.
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