Mdou Moctar

Mdou Moctar

The Messthetics, Time Is Fire

Mon, May 14, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

Mdou Moctar
Mdou Moctar
After a successful debut US tour in the fall of 2017 Multiflora Productions is pleased to announce we are booking dates in North America for Mdou Moctar 2018. Currently we are booking for the month of May and fall dates starting in early October, 2018.

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.
The Messthetics
The Messthetics
Time Is Fire
Time Is Fire
"Time is Fire is one of the fiercest live bands in D.C."--Washington City Paper

"There are only four songs on Time Is Fire’s debut EP, but they seem to come from a dozen places. The D.C. quartet melds American rock, funk and punk with reggae, Middle Eastern music and styles from both East and West Africa." -- The Washington Post

"Time is Fire's music and compelling live presence are welcome additions to the aural landscape in D.C. ... Whether it's their characteristically quirky sound or all-star personnel, Time Is Fire is a quintessential Washington, D.C. band." -- DCist

"For '100 Pieces,' Iranian daf player and Sufi poet, Kamyar Arsani, wails the lyric switching from soft murmurs to all-out roars. The tune encapsulates a Mid Eastern-psychedelia sound that reflects the unique diversity of the band."-- DC Music Download
Venue Information:
Strange Matter
929 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA, 23220