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New Music

New Music from Mali: it's Mdou Moctar

Roger Bowie

Wow, this really gets me going. Some music from Africa, where I spent 8 years of my working life. I never got to Mali, but lived next door in Senegal, and the music  form this part of the world has penetrated my psyche forever.

This is Mdou Moctar, a Touareg from northern Mali, who has a great band ( so I now discover) which tours the world playing their magical music. They have just signed to Matador, and there's a new album out next year. In the meantime, enjoy the title track "Chismiten"

"The song is about how people in a relationship lose their sense of self, they become jealous and envious of others”, explains Mdou. “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”.

Here is some more:

Mdou Moctar

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Written By: Roger Bowie Roger Bowie has been collecting music since 1964, starting with 45 rpm singles, and then building an LP and CD collection from 1970. 1.8 per week since then. Not a vast collection, but eclectic and occasionally obscure. Roger is a big Americana fan, and regularly attends AmericanaFest in Nashville, held every September. Also, he once played golf with Alice Cooper...