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5/14: Mdou Moctar, The Messthetics (ex-Fugazi) & Time Is Fire

May 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:55 pm

MDOU MOCTAR (Nigerien psychedelic warrior)

7PM Doors // 8PM Sounds
$10 Advance // $12 Day of Show
Tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1659738

After a successful debut US tour in the fall of 2017 Multiflora Productions is pleased to bring MDOU MOCTAR back from Niger to bring his genre-defying psychedelic sounds to Strange Matter! In addition to being a guitar warlord, Mdou Moctar also plays in the Nigerien version of “Purple Rain” which may or may not be playing at Happy Hour! They’ll be joined by new Washington DC prog-punk act and one of Dischord Records newest signees, THE MESSTHETICS (ft. Brendan Canty and Joe Lally of Fugazi + Anthony Pirog)! If that weren’t enough, the lineup will be rounded out by TIME IS FIRE. Rooted in DC’s post-punk scene but reaching out to embrace rhythms from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and beyond, the group summons a kaleidoscopic sound that knows no borders– a blast of radio distortion from a country that doesn’t exist. Fronted by an Iranian-born Sufi poet and backed by players steeped in punk, dance and experimental music. Expand your mind and your check out these amazing psychedelic folk music sounds!!

MDOU MOCTAR: In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, MDOU MOCTAR stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad.

Mdou Moctar hails from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert of Niger. He taught himself the guitar at a young age on a homemade instrument. Inspired by returning Ishumar (see below *), Mdou traveled the road to Libya where he traveled and worked odd jobs. As chance had, he would meet some of the now famous guitarists and further his musical studies. He returned home with a guitar and a dream.

Rising to the status as local celebrity, in 2008 he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album “Anar” – a psychedelic electronic album of Tuareg guitar, became an instant success throughout the mp3 networks of West Africa. “Tahoultine,” one of the standout tracks, was later featured on the compilation “Music from Saharan Cellphones.”

In 2013, he released his first international album, “Afelan,” rocking and raw sessions recorded live at his hometown in Niger. This was followed by the 2014 vinyl release of “Anar.” In 2015, he starred in the first ever Tuareg language film, a fictional story of the struggle of a guitarist trying to make it against all odds in Agadez. The film continues to be screened at festivals around the world. Presenters may be interested in combining a film screening in conjunction with a performance by the band.


May 14, 2018
7:00 pm - 11:55 pm