Mdou Moctar is the latest in a long line of Tuareg musicians to emerge from the Saharan region of Africa and find interest in other parts of the world. Before him, acts like Tamikrest, Bombino, Imarhan and Tinariwen have found success globally with hypnotic rhythms and psychedelic desert blues.But where his predecessors’ music is deeply rooted in traditional Tuareg sounds, Moctar has always been more restless and more modern. His earliest work included programmed beats and heavily Auto-Tuned vocals. He made a name for himself on African mp3-sharing networks and gained a wider audience through Music From Saharan Cellphones, a compilation released by Portland-based Sahel Sounds that collected music found on the memory cards of African mobile phones. And in 2015, he starred in a Saharan adaptation of Purple Rain , playing himself in the Prince role.Since then, the Nigerian guitarist has toured the United States a handful of times and released a series of excellent and increasingly … [Read more...] about Tuareg Culture Frowns on Music. Mdou Moctar Plays Psych-Rock Anyhow.