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'Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai,' A Tuareg Remake of 'Purple Rain' Premieres In US & Europe

Watch the trailer for the Tuareg film remake of 'Purple Rain' & 'The Harder They Come,' starring Mdou Moctar.


A little over a year ago, we reported on Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Color Blue with a little Red in it), a feature-length film starring Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar as a musician striving for success amidst the guitar scene in Agadez, Niger. The first film shot entirely in the Tuareg language was co-written and directed by Sahel Sounds' Christopher Kirkley and pays tribute to Prince's film Purple Rain and the Jimmy Cliff vehicle The Harder They Come, will be viewable very soon. Following a premiere at Portland, Oregon's Hollywood Theater on January 29, the film will have another showing on February 5 at Marseille, France's Le Gyptis. Previously, Akounak had a packed screening in Agadez where it was lauded by the attendees and received favorable reviews. As Kirkley explains in an informative and humorous Sahel Sounds article, though, the Kickstarter-funded project will still evolve as there are "rewards coming... DVDs are in production. The soundtrack is in its final stages of mixing and an LP will be released this year. And we are slated to release the film in West Africa across the Tuareg diaspora." In the meantime, check out the trailer for Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Color Blue with a little Red in it) below. 

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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