Mdou Moctar Performs ‘Tiny Desk (Home) Concert’

By Nate Todd May 24, 2021 10:42 am PDT

Mdou Moctar delivered an NPR Music Tiny Desk (Home) Concert. The performance sees Tuareg guitarist Mahamadou Souleymane, also known as Mdou Moctar, and his band performing songs from their recently released album, Afrique Victime.

Along with frontman Mahamadou Souleymane, Mdou Moctar consists of guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane, drummer/percussionist Souleymane Ibrahim and bassist Mikey Coltun. While the band released Afrique Victime on Friday, they filmed their Tiny Desk (Home) Concert late last year.

Coltun, who also produced Afrique Victime, spoke with NPR Music’s Bob Boilen about the session. Read his words below:

The concert was filmed outside of the house we were all staying at in Niamey, Niger, in November/December 2020. As with any sort of musical happenings in the region, once some music is blasted, that’s an invitation for anyone to come join, sing, clap, dance, and just come together as a community. We wanted to present the Tiny Desk exactly like this, from when we started playing to finally the energy growing with fans crowded around filming on their cell phones and passing around Tuareg tea.

Mdou Moctar begins the Tiny Desk with “Ya Habibti.” The band also performed the Afrique Victime singles “Tala Tannam” and the title track.

Watch Mdou Moctar’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert below via the JamBase Live Video Archive:

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