Daily Distraction: Check out new music from Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar

Joel Oliphint
Mdou Moctar

Last year, before a performance at Ace of Cups, we told you about Niger's Mdou Moctar, a Tuareg guitarist best known for starring in “Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai,” a Tuareg take on Prince’s “Purple Rain.”

On the album Ilana: The Creator, Moctar showcased his psychedelic, Saharan desert blues, complete with Black Sabbath riffs and finger-tapping techniques the guitarist learned from watching Van Halen videos on YouTube. 

Now, Moctar and his band — bassist and producer Mikey Coltun, drummer Souleymane Ibrahim, and rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane — are back with a killer new single, "Chismiten," from a forthcoming full-length on new label home Matador Records. “The song is about how people in a relationship lose their sense of self, they become jealous and envious of others,” Moctar said in a press release. “It is not about one specific person, but about all people in the world. I turn to Allah for guidance not to be that person.”