Mdou Moctar performs on the Hydro Quebec stage at Place D'Youville during Day 4 of the 52nd Festival D'été Quebec (FEQ2019) on July 7, 2019 in Quebec City, Canada. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns)

Celebrated Tuareg Musician, Mdou Moctar, Returns With New Single 'Ibitlan'

Listen to a psychedelic new track from the renowned Nigerien artist.

Celebrated Nigerien-born, Tuareg musician Mdou Moctar returns with the blazing new single "Ibitlan."

The psychedelic track sees the artist delivering electrifying guitar riffs in the Tuareg tradition. He sings passionately throughout the track, which as the artist notes, is a love song describing his lover's beauty. He further described the song in a statement via The Fader:

It's like when there's a valley, with a stream running through it, and all the plants are green. The song is about how my girlfriend is beautiful like that. Her skin is like a yellow flower, and her smile is like lightning.

The track is the artist's first since the release of his 2019 album, Ilana (The Creator), which NPR Music described as the most "insane psychedelic guitar album of the 21st century." Before then, he released 2017's Sousoume Tamachek.

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Win Tickets To See The Tuareg 'Purple Rain' Remake 'Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai' At The New York African Film Festival

Enter here to win a pair of tickets to see the Tuareg remake of Prince's 'Purple Rain' at the New York African Film Festival.

Mdou Moctar in Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai
The 23rd edition of the New York African Film Festival gets underway this week. Presented under the theme “Modern Days, Ancient Nights: 50 Years of African Filmmaking” (a nod to the 50th anniversary of the “Father of African Cinema” Ousmane Sembène’s first feature, Black Girl), this year’s festival includes 25 feature-length films and 27 short films from a total of 26 countries. As in previous years, the festival begins with a week of screenings and events at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (May 1 + May 4-10) before continuing throughout the month of May at Maysles Cinema in Harlem (May 13-15) and over Memorial Day Weekend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of BAM’s DanceAfrica festival (May 26-30).

Okayafrica is teaming up with the NYAFF to offer up a pair of tickets to see Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (“Rain The Color Blue With A Little Red In It”) on Saturday, May 7th, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Akounak, if you recall, is Sahel Sounds founder and filmmaker Christopher Kirkley’s remake of Prince’s Purple Rain starring Nigerien musician Mdou Moctar. The project marks the first time a full-length film has been shot entirely in the Tuareg language.

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