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Mdou Moctar w/ Mountain Movers at Lyric Hall

September 26, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:45 pm

~Shaki Presents~

Tuesday September 26, 2017 at Lyric Hall in New Haven, CT
Mdou Moctar (Sahel Sounds records)
Mountain Movers (Trouble In Mind records)
DJ Jahoctopus

All the way from Niger, and for the first time in Connecticut, we are proud to bring you Mdou Moctar, shining star of the Sahel Sounds record label. We’ve been keeping this a secret for too long, and now we can announce this great show!

In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou 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, 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.

Mindblowing clip of Mdou Moctar live in concert

Beautiful clip of an intimate session

Trailer for the cinematic homage to Purple Rain from the Sahel, titled “Akounak” (or “Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red”), starring Mdou and company

Teaser for the new LP, coming in August

Oldie but goodie, dripping in auto-tune

We are so excited to announce this gig, which is YEARS in the making… if you know Shaki Presents, then you know Mdou Moctar is on permanent heavy rotation, at home, or on-air at WPKN. The amount of effort and groundwork for this gig has been enormous.
Can’t wait to see you there!

Lyric Hall Theatre
827 Whalley Ave
New Haven, CT 06515


September 26, 2017
8:00 pm - 11:45 pm