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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


Toumani Diabaté – ‘Elyne Road’ from The Mande Variations

The kora is something incredible. It’s like a piano, you know? I don’t know how they do it, and I really love the way Toumani Diabaté plays. It even makes me think about maybe playing with him just to see what would happen. Because my songwriting is very straightforward, I write from my surroundings, what my surroundings give me. When I’m in love, I write love songs and when I’m sad I write really sad songs, and when I see people living in difficult circumstances, I look at that subject. Now we have the terrorists we have to write songs about revolution. So I would love to play with him. And I can leave space for him with my playing – a guitar is an instrument that you can do whatever you like with.