2017
Free Mothlight Monday!
Mdou Moctar (Tuareg music from Niger!) w/ Barakissa Coulibaly’s West African Drum & Dance
October
02
Monday
9pm - $Free
Mdou Moctar (Tuareg music from Niger!)
In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou Moctar stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad.

Mdou Moctar hails from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert of Niger. He taught himself the guitar at a young age on a homemade instrument. Inspired by returning Ishumar (see below *), Mdou traveled the road to Libya where he traveled and worked odd jobs. As chance had, he would meet some of the now famous guitarists and further his musical studies. He returned home with a guitar and a dream.

Rising to the status as local celebrity, in 2008 he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album “Anar” – a psychedelic electronic album of Tuareg guitar, became an instant success throughout the mp3 networks of West Africa. “Tahoultine,” one of the standout tracks, was later featured on the compilation “Music from Saharan Cellphones.”

In 2013, he released his first international album, “Afelan,” rocking and raw sessions recorded live at his hometown in Niger. This was followed by the 2014 vinyl release of “Anar.” In 2015, he starred in the first ever Tuareg language film, a fictional story of the struggle of a guitarist trying to make it against all odds in Agadez. The film continues to be screened at festivals around the world. Presenters may be interested in combining a film screening in conjunction with a performance by the band.
Barakissa Coulibaly's West African Drum & Dance
Barakissa Coulibaly is a West African dancer and choreographer from Abobo, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. She is the Director of Festi-Dance Ivoire, Mosso-Kan,
And Compagnie Mouaye Traditional West African
Dance & Afro-Contemporary.

For this performance she will be joined by special guests Amor Damas and Ryan Oslance (of Ahleuchatistas).

Aboubacar Damas, popularly called "Amo", was born and raised in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa. He hails from the popular Guinean Gbassikolo Drum and Dance Company, which he directed under the supervision of Mr. Jbril Morlaye Camara from 2000-2006.
He first discovered his love for his country’s traditional music and rose to the title of “Djembe Fola” [Master of Djembe Drum] at the age of eight. Since arriving in the United States in 2006, he has been a well sought after performer.
He currently works with Agbedidi African Ensemble in the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Florida.
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