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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.

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

Video: Looking at the Roots of IsiPantsula Culture Through Some of Its Leading Voices

This new video shows us why South African Pantsula is much more than just a dance move.

Pantsula is more than just a dance, it's a cultural movement and it's being revived through enthusiastic South African youth.

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In Photos: Migos' Culture Tour in Johannesburg

ATL trio Migos' Culture Tour had two South African stops–in Durban on Friday and Johannesburg on Saturday.

We attended the Joburg leg of the tour, and the group didn't disappoint, although the event itself was unacceptably disorganized. South African rappers Riky Rick and Nasty C gave great performances, especially the latter.

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