Blog September 16, 2021
Mdou Moctar Releases “Afrique Victime” Mini-Doc

Mdou Moctar is on the rise. Forging his career and sound (and a killer eponymous band), the Tuareg guitar dynamo just played back-to-back sold out shows in Brooklyn as part of a North American tour for his new record, Afrique Victime. The album is his first full-length on the American indie label Matador and it has been reviewed widely and glowingly, including a coveted “Best New Music” kudo from Pitchfork, but the group’s sound remains very much their own: searing desert blues jams and contemplative acoustic tunes in swaying time.

The band released a documentary on the world that Afrique Victime was born into—a pandemic shutting down the tour, just as the band was poised to build on years of worldwide touring, playing 200 shows in 2019. The band’s American bassist, Mikey Colton, flew to Niger where the rest of the band was staying, but even touring within Niger’s borders was impossible due to guerrilla factions flourishing in the country’s power vacuum. This is where the documentary begins.

The band’s tour continues with sold-out shows from the Midwest to the West Coast before the band heads off to Europe in early 2022.

16.9 – Galien, MI @ The Storehouse ^ SOLD OUT

17.9 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall ^ SOLD OUT

18.9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center ^

20.9 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall ^ SOLD OUT

21.9 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall ^ SOLD OUT

22.9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

23.9 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival

24.9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile %

25.9 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios % SOLD OUT

26.9 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios % SOLD OUT

27.9 – Arcata, CA @ The Miniplex SOLD OUT

28.9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel % SOLD OUT

29.9 – Oakland, CA @ Starline % SOLD OUT

1.10 – San Diego, CA @ The Music Box

2.10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room % SOLD OUT

3.10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room % SOLD OUT

4.10 – Petaluma,CA @ The Lagunitas Brewing Company

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