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Afrique Victime


Moctar and his band (except for the bass player) are Tuareg people from the Niger section of the Sahara desert, and they play a kind of electric guitar music known as “desert blues.” Tinariwen are best known to Americans, though there are at least a dozen acts making killer records. Figure loop and repeat and chord changes are infrequent. You just plug in, rev it up—but not too much—and go. Mdou Moctar goes and goes.

Sasha Frere-Jones

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