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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


Alpha Blondy – ‘Peace in Liberia’ from Masada

Alpha Blondy is someone I really like, he’s very, very intelligent. He really gets over messages about the problems in Africa, problems related to religion too. He’s a very intelligent artist, but I also listen to his interviews sometimes. He’s so impressive, he talks about things that are really important, they’re messages that come from a real intellectual. When people ask me about my opinion on things, things I would like to change, I say that Alpha Blondy should be the president of his country. He’s someone I’d really like to meet.

I’ve never tried playing reggae but I could. If I write a song that demands to be done in a reggae style, I’ll do it. I follow my compositions. I’m not in charge, it’s the song that’s in charge, it’s the poetry. If it needs a reggae beat to sound good, I’ll do reggae my own way.