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Saturday, June 8, 2019 Favoriting
Tuareg Guitar Wizard Mdou Moctar

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Meet Mdou Moctar, the scorching visionary Tuareg rock guitarist! You may know Moctar from his star turn in the first-ever Tuareg-language dramatic movie, a desert-rocking adaptation of Purple Rain. Now he has a blistering new album, Ilana: The Creator (Sahel Sounds), which NPR Music calls "perhaps the most fiery psych-rock of the 21st century". Hear Moctar chat with Rob tonight and then come to WFMU's Monty Hall Wednesday night June 26th to see Mdou Moctar and his super-charged band blow your mind!

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Picoby Band D'Abomey: Mé Adomina Favoriting / Various Artists: African Scream Contest Vol. 2: Benin 1963-1980 / Analog Africa (0:00:00 Pop-up)

Super Borgou de Parakou: Baba L'oke Ba'wagbe Favoriting / Various Artists: African Scream Contest Vol. 2: Benin 1963-1980 / Analog Africa (0:03:25 Pop-up)

T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou: Iya Me Dji Ki Bi Ni Favoriting / The Vodoun Effect 1972-1975 / Analog Africa (0:06:27 Pop-up)

Tal National: Entente Favoriting / Tantabara / FatCat Records ‎ (0:10:34 Pop-up)
GIG: Public Records, 233 Butler St, Brooklyn, Thurs night August 1

Zemog el Gallo Bueno: Quiero Correr Favoriting / Yoyoumetu Trilogy Vol.3 / Afinque X Records / * (0:09:01 Pop-up)

Bruno Capinan: Saint Salvador Favoriting / Divina Graça (0:20:21 Pop-up)

Casuarina: Você Já Foi à Bahia? Favoriting / No Passo de Caymmi / Circular Moves (0:23:10 Pop-up)
GIGs: Artes Brasileiras Series @ NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, Sat July 27 1-4 pm; House of Yes, Sun eve July 28 (Brasil Summerfest event)

Benji Kaplan and Rita Figueiredo: Piocera Favoriting / Benji and Rita / * (0:25:33 Pop-up)
GIG: Friday eve July 26 @ Drom (part of Brasil Summerfest)

Caracoles: Tiempo Favoriting / Flores (0:28:39 Pop-up)

Dizzy Mandjeku & Ale Kuma: Nasinalapi Ndayi Favoriting / De Palenque à Matongé / Palenque Records / * (0:37:02 Pop-up)

Tabou Combo: Bebe Paramount Favoriting / Respect... / Mini Records / Secret Stash (reissue) (0:41:30 Pop-up)
GIG: Tabou Combo + Lakou Mizik @ Springfield Park (City Parks Summerstage, FREE) Sun July 7, 6-9 pm

Abel Lima: Farmacia Favoriting / Various Artists: Synthesize the Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica from the Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988 / Ostinato Records (0:47:46 Pop-up)

The Four Brothers: Uchandifunga Favoriting / Rugare / Shungu Records (0:52:22 Pop-up)

Ibibio Sound Machine: Nyak Mien Favoriting / Doko Mien (Tell Me) / Merge / * (0:56:38 Pop-up)
GIG: Thurs eve July 25th @ Brooklyn Bowl

Mdou Moctar: Jagwa Favoriting / Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Sahel Sounds (1:05:55 Pop-up)

Mdou Moctar: Interview Favoriting (1:09:27 Pop-up)

Mdou Moctar: Anar Favoriting / Various Artists: Music from Saharan Cellphones: Volume 2 / Sahel Sounds (1:09:33 Pop-up)

Mdou Moctar: Amer Iyan Favoriting / Afelan / Sahel Sounds (1:16:50 Pop-up)

Mdou Moctar: Amidini Favoriting / Sousoume Tamachek / Sahel Sounds (1:20:37 Pop-up)

Mdou Moctar: Interview Favoriting (1:25:43 Pop-up)
Moctar explains that there's no word for "purple" in the Tamasheq (Tuareg) language so the Tuareg adaptation of Purple Rain's title translates literally to "Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It"

Mdou Moctar: Adounia Favoriting / Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Sahel Sounds (1:28:35 Pop-up)

Mdou Moctar: Interview Favoriting (1:32:44 Pop-up)
Moctar talks about the variations in the nature of his earlier recordings, and then introduces the title cut of the new album, which talks about the struggles of the Tuareg people. He's very critical of the French colonial and post-colonial relationship.

Mdou Moctar: Ilana Favoriting / Ilana: The Creator / Sahel Sounds / * (1:36:28 Pop-up)

Mdou Moctar: Tartahazed Favoriting / Ilana: The Creator / Sahel Sounds / * (1:42:28 Pop-up)

Mdou Moctar: Wiwarshanin Favoriting / Ilana: The Creator / Sahel Sounds / * (1:51:47 Pop-up)
"Effacer" basically means to wipe out or destroy - I didn't quite catch that in the interview! He's critical in this song of French colonialists (and others), as he sees it, taking advantage of less powerful people.

Mdou Moctar: Anna Favoriting / Ilana: The Creator / Sahel Sounds / * (1:58:21 Pop-up)
In this song Moctar is singing to his mom about his experience of the world in his musical travels, compared to life at home. Also he mentions during the interview that at his merch table on tour you can buy Tuareg jewelry and the proceeds from that are going toward a school construction project back home.

Mdou Moctar: Tumastin Favoriting / Ilana: The Creator / Sahel Sounds / * (2:05:12 Pop-up)
Song about how the Tuareg people were separated by colonial and post-colonial borders

Mashrou' Leila: Bint Elkhandaq Favoriting / Ibn El Leil (2:09:44 Pop-up)
GIG: Mashrou’ Leila with Rabih Almuddine perform in conjunction with Oliver Beer's sound-art exhibition, Vessel Orchestra @ The Met Breuer, July 12 (Fri) 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Moussu T e lei Jovents: Qu'es Bòn Favoriting / Navega / World Village (2:13:18 Pop-up)

Aterciopelados: Manifesto Colibrí Favoriting / Claroscura / Sony / * (2:16:39 Pop-up)
GIG: Aterciopelados + Diamante Eléctrico presented by LAMC @ Queensbridge Park (City Parks Summerstage, FREE) Thurs July 11, 7 pm

El Dusty: Loquito Loca Favoriting / Cumbia City / Universal / * (2:19:51 Pop-up)

Taina Asili: Decir Que No Favoriting / Resiliencia / * (2:22:56 Pop-up)
GIG: Taína Asili will be performing and speaking at the World Pride Rally 2019 (at Christopher St. & Waverly Pl) in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising - info at

Oumou Sangare: Yere Faga Favoriting / Mogoya / No Format (2:31:28 Pop-up)
Featuring Tony Allen

Harouna Samake: Try Voice Favoriting / Kamale Blues / NCB / * (2:36:26 Pop-up)

Eténèsh* & Le Tigre (des Platanes): Tché Bèlèw Favoriting / Zèraf! / Buda Musique (2:40:59 Pop-up)

Kalibè: Indignawa Favoriting / Mãe da Lua (2:50:56 Pop-up)

Aziz Sahmaoui and University of Gnawa: La Peur - Nogcha Favoriting / Poetic Trance / Blue Line / * (2:54:31 Pop-up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:04pm chresti:

Hello paradise sound system!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm Franco Twinkie:

Hey Mdou & Rob! Shall we groove? Shall we swoon? I say yes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm Rob W:

HI chresti, and everyone - and thanks for the affirmation Franco Twinkie!
Avatar 6:19pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob and all!
Avatar 6:23pm slugluv1313:

good evening, Rob and everyone!
off to a spellbindingly rousing start,
looking forward to hearing from Mdou Moctar!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Rob and friends!
  6:31pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and TSPers. Was there a Mdou sighting? My current favorite guitarist.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:32pm listener 126464:

yoo hoo! i might get to the Mdou at Monty show
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm Rob W:

I hope you can make it listener 126464!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:34pm listener 126464:

waiting for Orquesta El Macabeo to make a return engagement. they were great
Avatar 6:44pm slugluv1313:

YES!!! hoping i can get to his show at Monty Hall too!
(gotta check my schedule once i get home tonight)
and oh gosh, the Roberto Burle Marx exhibit at NYBG, and all the related events!! have GOT to make it up there at least once over the Summer! (yeah, i have a membership, but never able to go to NYBG as much as i would like, yeesh!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I am proud to say I have my ticket. Looking forward to the show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm Rob W:

All right see you in the peanut gallery on the 26th Ken!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm Rob W:

Slugluv, I forgot to mention on the air but yes there's a Brazilian music series all summer at the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx! It's called Artes Brasileiras and the website is .
  7:26pm Carmichael:

Awesome set! I even tolerated the auto tune...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:27pm Rob W:

Thanks for bearing with us Carmichael!
Avatar 7:33pm Bas NL:

Wow! That's some great guitaring!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm Rob W:

Yes indeed Bas!
Avatar 7:51pm slugluv1313:

damn yes amazing & beautiful guitar playing!!!
Avatar 7:58pm Bas NL:

He, he.. Even released on 8-Track i just found. ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm spodiodi:

Mdou Moctar! what a treat! sounds great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:07pm Franco Twinkie:

Mdou, could you please talk about the gear you are using for all us techno nerds.
Avatar 8:08pm Bas NL:

Definitely going to get some his music. Fantastic.
Avatar 8:16pm slugluv1313:

@ Bas NL -- same here!
and the jewelry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:16pm northguineahills:

Forgot to mention, thanks to Mdou Moctar, music, interview, everything!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:22pm northguineahills:

El Dusty!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:23pm chresti:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:24pm Smilty69:

El Dusty got my wife's butt shaking!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:24pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Marty McSorley coming up often includes a cumbia set.
  8:24pm spliffdog:

Rob does it again...gr8 frkn set!
  8:26pm Carmichael:

And then a metal set, then a rap set, then ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:30pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Don't forget the weekly request for "Peace Sells ..." by Megadeth.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:35pm spodiodi:

  8:40pm will:

Hey Rob, just saw Newpoli at PVD Fest, just fabulous!
  8:55pm Peter from Dover NJ:

Rob, I listen in way more than I comment... GREAT show tonight. Thank you and keep bringing it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:55pm northguineahills:

Thanks, Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Rob. Wonderful presentation with Mdou Moctar tonight.
  8:57pm Carmichael:

Yep, thanks for the Moctar and the other great stuff!
Avatar 8:57pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar 8:58pm slugluv1313:

thanks so much for another fantastic show, Rob
and for that intelligent, fascinating interview with Mdou Moctar!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm chresti:

Thank Rob W
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Rob W:

Very nice of you to say Peter, thanks to you and everyone! Thanks for the gig alert re: Newpoli Will - they're playing Sat July 27 @ Battery Park NYC, free show! Good night everyone, thanks for listening!
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