Post by Ballroom Marfa on Sept 12, 2019 15:27:07 GMT -6
Ballroom Marfa Presents
September, 18, 2019 Doors at 7:30 pm; show at 8pm
The Marfa Visitor Center, 302 S Highland Ave., Marfa, Texas
Free (There will be free drinks as well!)
Please join us as we welcome Mdou Moctar to the Marfa Visitor Center for a free performance in support of his latest album Ilana: The Creator.
Mdou Moctar is a guitarist from northern Niger and one of the first musicians to perform a modern electronic adaptation of Tuareg music. Commonly referred to as the Jimi Hendrix of the desert, Mdou shreds with a relentless and frenetic energy that sets him apart from his contemporaries.
Mdou grew up in a remote, religious village in central Niger where secular music was all but prohibited. He taught himself to play on a guitar he constructed himself from wood, cables, and bicycle brakes. That inventiveness has carried over into his musical career and decades later, Moctar has built one of the most exciting discographies in Tuareg rock.
His latest album, Ilana (The Creator), released March 29th on Sahel Sounds, is his most ambitious to date – pushing Tuareg guitar into an ever louder and blistering direction. The album was recorded in Detroit and is Mdou’s first true studio album with a live band. The album reaches back into Tuareg folklore for inspiration, riffs on the hypnotic loops of takamba griots, borrows vocal patterns from polyphonic nomad songs and combines it all with Mdou’s signature guitar.