Friday May 4. Doors 6:00 PM (event ends at 10:30 PM) | Elsewhere Zone One 599 Johnson Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11237
Mdou Moctar

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The rock n roll trio from Agadez, the capital of desert guitar, will be traveling across the USA, with dates on the East and West coasts, and everywhere in between.

In the crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists on tour, Mdou Moctar stands apart from his peers. In contrast to the mellow nostalgia of Tinariwen or improvisation jam sessions from Bombino, Mdou plays a high energy rock, with rapid fire drums, heavy distortion, and wavering guitar solos, equal parts Ali Farka Touré and Eddie Van Halen. With a constant ear to the ground (the band continues to gig regularly in Agadez) Mdou plays the sound favored back home. There is a preference for this new style and Mdou takes to this challenge, incorporating his personal touch with traditional polyrhythms of “takamba” and lyrics sung in the style of old nomadic poets,

Featured on the 2011 “Music from Saharan Cellphones,” Mdou Moctar and his band have toured Europe and North America, playing sold out shows from small DIY rock clubs in Portland to New York City’s Lincoln Center. His music has been featured in the BBC, The Guardian, Pitchfork, New Yorker, L.A. Weekly, NPR, Rolling Stone, Les Inrocks. In 2015, he produced and starred in “Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in it,” a Saharan remake of “Purple Rain”. The film continues to be screened at film festivals around the world.

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