Mdou Moctar Unveils New Song “Taliat” and Shares 2021 Tour Dates

Tuareg psych-rock shredder will release his new album, Afrique Victime, on May 21st

Mdou Moctar, photo by WH Moustapha

    Mdou Moctar is gearing up to release his upcoming album, Afrique Victime, on Friday, and today the Tuareg psych-rock shredder previewed the project with a new song, “Taliat”. He also announced plans for a fall tour in support of the LP.

    The track features tantalizing electric guitar runs and passionate lyrics about a woman’s heartbreak. “Oh poor girl / She gave him her heart and he broke it,” Moctar sings in Tamasheq. “I pray to God to never experience unrequited love and the pain of a broken heart.”

    In a press statement, Moctar explained the song’s meaning: “‘Taliat’ means woman. In our community, women are queens, they have a lot of power, that why I use the term taliat to talk about them. A woman in the Tuareg community has to be protected, but she also has to be treated as equal.”


    “Taliat” follows “Chismiten”, “Tala Tannam”, and “Afrique Victime”. The latter song received an honorable mention for Song of the Week in April.

    The fall tour kicks off with an appearance at Bonnaroo on September 3rd and includes stops in Brooklyn, New York; Seattle, Washington; and Portland, Oregon before closing out on October 2nd at the Lodge Room in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time here, and you can look for deals here after they sell out.


    Pre-orders for Afrique Victime are ongoing. It is available in vinyl, CD, picture disk, and digital formats. There is also a special limited “cellphone edition” of the album, which features a specially mastered version of Afrique Victime pre-loaded onto a classic Nokia 6120 handset — an homage to the early days of Moctar’s career when his music took off thanks to word-of-mouth Bluetooth mobile phone swaps.


    Afrique Victime Artwork:

    mdou moctar afrique victime new album artwork

    Afrique Victime Tracklist:
    01. Chismiten
    02. Taliat
    03. Ya Habibti
    04. Tala Tannam
    05. Untitled
    06. Asdikte Akal
    07. Layla
    08. Afrique Victime
    09. Bismilahi Atagah

    Mdou Moctar 2021 Tour Dates:
    09/03 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
    09/05 – Durham, NC ­@ Motorco Music Hall
    09/07 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
    09/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
    09/10 ­– Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    09/11 – Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts
    09/12 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
    09/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Café & Music Hall
    09/15 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
    09/17 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
    09/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
    09/20 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
    09/21 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
    09/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
    09/23 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
    09/24 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
    09/25 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
    09/26 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
    09/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
    09/29 – Oakland, CA @ Starline
    10/01 – Pioneertown, CA @ Desert Daze Pre-Party
    10/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room

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