Track: Mdou Moctar – Imouhar

Ebru Yildiz

Mdou Moctar have shared the video, directed by Laura Greenhall, for their second single ‘Imouhar’, taken from the bands forthcoming album, ‘Funeral For Justice’, due out on the 3rd of May via Matador.

‘Imouhar’ calls on the Tuareg people to which the band belong to preserve their Tamasheq language – it’s at risk of dying out, and Moctar is one of the few in his community who knows how to write it. “People here are just using French,” says Mdou. “They’re starting to forget their own language. We feel like in a hundred years no one will speak good Tamasheq, and that’s so scary for us.” Watch the video,,

Gritty rock riffs with an African beat and of course the striking phrasing from Moctar himself has set these guys out as something special. ‘Imouhar’ is no different, and once the track kicks in we are treated to a full-on African-tinged garage rock masterpiece. Moctar in particular excels on the fretboard blowing away the listener with extravagant lead work breaking the hypnotic rhythms of the track.

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