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Mdou Moctar

Born: 1986

Location: Niger

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Mdou Moctar

Mahamadou Souleymane (born c. 16 August 1984 or 1986), known professionally as Mdou Moctar (also M.dou Mouktar), is a Tuareg songwriter and musician based in Agadez, Niger, who performs modern rock music inspired by Tuareg guitar music. His music first gained attention through a trading network of mobile phones and memory cards in West Africa. He sings in the Tamasheq language. Moctar's fourth album, Ilana: The Creator, released in 2019, was the first to feature a full band. He plays guitar in the takamba and assouf styles.


2013 Afelan
2014 Anar
2017 Sousoume Tamachek
2019 Ilana: The Creator
2021 Afrique Victime

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