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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


Mohamed Molo

He’s someone who really makes me laugh, in our language. When he’s describing a romantic situation, he’ll do the man’s voice, then the woman’s voice, and when he goes back to the man’s voice he switches to a different musical scale. He’s a genius, he has a great voice and he’s a comedian. It makes me laugh thinking about all the crazy stuff he does. If I go to a festival with my group he’ll come along with me, we’ll chat a lot, and he’s really funny. I like his personality even more than his music! When I listen to it, it makes me think about something he said that cracked me up.

He’s released music on Sahel Sounds too

Yes, and I am where I am today because of Sahel Sounds, because otherwise no-one in the West would even know I exist. We were getting bigger so we needed a bigger label. And we didn’t go looking for Matador, Matador came to us. They let us know they wanted to work with us and we accepted.