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Mdou Moctar's Tuareg 'Purple Rain' Remake Soundtrack

The soundtrack to the Nigerien 'Purple Rain' remake 'Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai', by Mdou Moctar is now available through Sahel Sounds.


Earlier this year, we reported that a soundtrack for the feature-length film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Color Blue with a little Red in it) — a Niger-based film inspired by Prince's 1984 cult classic Purple Rain and Jimmy Cliff's 1973 film The Harder They Come — was in its final stages of mixing. The 11-song soundtrack is now here, recorded over the last two years by Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar, who's also the star of the musical film documenting his experience as an up-and-coming artist striving to make it in Niger's guitar scene.

The soundtrack includes somber acoustic compositions as well as instrumental recordings, some of which Mdou Moctar and his team created under a tree using a portable amplifier. Much like Prince's classic Purple Rain album, the Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai Soundtrack also boasts moody electric guitar riffs and solemnly crooned melodies. Stream the full soundtrack below and purchase it on vinyl or by digital download via Sahel Sounds.

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The choice of the nation's quieter capital over the bustle of its music metropolis is a deliberate one for Iwar and one which fevers his reputation as a recluse and cult figure in Nigerian music circles. This especially happens among the subculture referred to as "alté"—an abbreviation of the word alternative which is used to denote the independent movement that is free from the flash and perceived vacuity of afropop. Precise definitions of the word vary but common denominators include introspection and melancholia, as well as trap and R&B.;

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Watch Kuami Eugene's Vibrant Music Video "Meji Meji" Featuring Davido

This Ghanaian and Nigerian link up will make your day.

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The music video for his latest, "Meji Meji" featuring Davido, is here. Its upbeat vibe shines through as the two crooners go about their day in Ghana, singing sweet nothings to their love interests.

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