Due for release 21st May 2021 via Matador
With Afrique Victime the prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter rips a new hole in the sky – boldly reforging contemporary Saharan music and “rock music” by melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women's rights, inequality, and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers.
The music listeners are the beneficiaries of the staggeringly powerful do-it-yourself musical ethic of Mdou Moctar – the man and the band – who’ve worked so hard to bring the spirits of families and communities in Niger to the West. Afrique Victime sounds and feels like a Tuareg hand reaching down from the sky, and we are very lucky for this chance to get lifted.
"Mesmerising meld of Tuareg folk tradition and modern rock"
"An exhilarating band set that mixes electric and acoustic instrumentation, it's at once fiercely modern and as ancient as the Niger river"
"On Afrique Victime, '70's psych and 80's rock are defining elements, with wild solos a foil for hypnotic contemplation"
"The album opens with Chismiten, a rooster's crow and the crunch of footsteps signalling a new day before Moctar's guitar rings out, clean, steel-tipped and sonorous. On a whooped cue, rolling drums and polyrhythmic string currents rush in and steadily accelerate, until the whole is an exultant tumble of glorious, interlocking harmonies."
"The album's showstopper, though, is the title track, seven-and-a-half intoxicating minutes of relentlessly surging rhythms, haunting vocals and muscular shredding that tips its hat to both Page and The Mars Vota's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez."
"Afrique Victime may be be Mdou Moctar's sixth studio album but, in many way, he's just begun"