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Stream Mdou Moctar's Tuareg Autotune Via Sahel Sounds

Niger guitarist Mdou Moctar's Tuareg autotune record 'Anar' gets its first official release via Sahel Sounds.


First heard in the cellphones of Saharan residents, Niger guitarist and singer Mdou Moctar's Anar is now seeing its first official release via Sahel Sounds. One of the earliest instances of Tuareg guitar combining with autotune, Anar (2008) thrives on innovation. After all, it would have been pleasant enough if this record were just Moctar singing in his soft and sweet voice along with his guitar. Instead, we have Moctar altering his voice for good reason– he wants to transport us, to take us out of the everyday and into a world where bobbing heads and tapping feet is the norm. On "La Super," for example, Moctar's spindly guitar and Afrobeat-esque horns tag along with his wisely sunken voice. Inspired by Bollywood-influenced Hausa pop music, the album is a jubilant affair that spins Moctar's dessert tray of a voice, like on "Nikali Talit" and "Karad Etran." While a bit more downcast and circled by a poignant high-pitched chorus, the title track manages to remain merry and celebratory.

Perhaps the triumphant spirit found on Anar is a reflection of Moctar's story as a whole. After teaching himself the guitar in his youth and moving to Libya, where he took random jobs, Moctar joined a community of guitarists and kept studying music. Sahel Sounds, the brainchild of self-described "rogue ethno-musicologist" Chris Kirkley, soon found out about Moctar and featured his music on the label/blog's Music from Saharan Cellphones: Volume 1 release. After recording Anar, in 2013 Moctar released Afelan, an autotune-less Niger-recorded folk album. Also an actor, Moctar is starring in the highly anticipated Tuareg remake of Prince's Purple Rain from Kirkley and Jerome Fino. Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, which roughly translates to "Rain the Color of Blue with a little Red in it" and also marks the first time a film is shot entirely in the Tuareg language, recently completed filming and will soon screen in Agadez. For now listen to Moctar's Tuareg autotune adaptation Anar below.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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