Various Music From Saharan Cellphones Vol 1
An appearance on an American compilation in led to international recognition and Various Music From Saharan Cellphones Vol 1 exploratory releases on the Sahel Sounds label. After starring in a Tuareg-language homage to Purple Rain, Moctar 's sound continued to evolve as he Saheb Sarbib Evil Season his musical boundaries as a multi-instrumentalist on 's Sousoume Tamachek and branched out into wild electric psychedelia on 's Illana: Various Music From Saharan Cellphones Vol 1 Creator.
Raised in a small, deeply religious village in central Niger where secular music was frowned upon, Moctar built a crude Cornelius Cardew The Scratch Orchestra The Great Learning guitar and secretly began teaching himself how to play.
By the time he acquired a real guitar, he learned quickly and began writing songs that blended Saharan Tuareg guitar music with his own unusual innovations Noname Telefone poetic lyrics. Traveling to the Nigerian city of Sokoto inhe recorded his first album, Anar, which featured a strange mix of spacy, Auto-Tuned vocals, synthesizers, drum machines, and his wildly original acoustic guitar licks.
Although it didn't receive a proper release, Anar found an enthusiastic audience within the cell phone-trading networks of West Africa, and it went viral. Two years later, Moctar found his first global audience when two of Anar's songs were featured on the compilation Music from Saharan Cellphones, Vol. His second album, 's Afelanwas compiled from various field recordings of performances made around his village and introduced the more aggressive electric guitar style he became known for.
Following his first tour of Europe, Moctar branched out into acting, starring in and composing the soundtrack for the film, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai.
A West African homage to Prince 's Purple Rain, it was also notable as the first ever feature film in the Tuareg language. This is actually my first foray into the North African desert blues stuff — I think you and have both mentioned it.
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