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Resistance Songs: Mdou Moctar's Favourite Music
David McKenna , May 26th, 2021 08:34

From Van Halen to Ali Farka Touré via Bob Marley, Tinariwen and Oumou Sangaré, Mdou Moctar takes us through the thirteen albums, tracks, artists and styles that made him who he is


Baba Salah – ‘Jiri Merdje’ from Maliba

The Malian genius. He has played Takamba music, in an incredible way. Takamba isn’t just a Malian music, it’s the music of all the nomads, of the whole of the Sahel if you like, with amazing dancing that we do too. But generally, I love his solos and his guitar sound, and the pedals he uses are really exceptional. I haven’t had much internet access recently because we have problems with the connection but normally, he’s someone I listen to a lot.