Mdou Moctar – Ibitlan


New single out today. Blog favourite Mdou Moctar is a Tuareg songwriter and musician based in Agadez, Niger. According to Wikipedia, “The Tuareg people are a large Berber ethnic confederation. They principally inhabit the Sahara in a vast area stretching from far southwestern Libya to southern Algeria, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. Traditionally nomadic pastoralists, small groups of Tuareg are also found in northern Nigeria.” Previous #SOTDs here: ‘Wiwasharnine’ and here: ‘Anar’. The new single is released on .

Tags:  #african-vibes #tuareg #world-music

Etran de L’Aïr – Houlhine Ayagolamane


The name Etran de L’Aïr translates to “the Stars of the Aïr,” the mountainous region of Northern Niger. Every month in 2020, are releasing music recorded by Etran de L’Aïr on a mobile phone in Agadez, Niger, then transmitted via WhatsApp to , . I’m excited!

Tags:  #folk #lo-fi #world-music