Mdou Moctar: KCSB-FM Presents FREE Film Premiere + Concert

Saturday, October 14, 2017
6:30 PM – 10:30 PM


Free Event

On Saturday, October 14, community-radio station 91.9 KCSB-FM hosts a film premiere and concert.

A screening of Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (“Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red In It“), a reimagining of Prince’s Purple Rain, kicks off the evening, which will conclude with a live performance by the film’s star, Tuareg guitarist/singer Mdou Moctar.


Mdou Moctar is a pioneer of Tuareg guitar music, a style that has recently emerged on music charts and at North American music venues and festivals thanks to the popularity of groups like Tinariwen, Bombino, and Terakaft. Based in Agadez in Northern Niger, the young guitarist, singer, and songwriter Mdou Moctar is becoming increasingly recognized for his own musical experimentation and boundary-pushing work.

His 2008 psychedelic-tinged Saharan desert-rock LP Anar was met with success via MP3 networks throughout West Africa. One of its standout tracks was featured on Music from Saharan Cellphones: Volume 1, a 2011 album of rare music compiled by U.S. record label Sahel Sounds.

Mdou’s relationship with Christopher Kirkley — the founder of this Portland, Oregon-based world-music label — blossomed further with the 2015 release of Kirkley’s film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, which not only pays tribute to Prince’s classic movie Purple Rain, but also to the 1973 Jamaican cult-classic reggae film The Harder They Come. The first ever Tuareg-language film, Akounak tells a fictional story of a guitarist struggling to make it against all odds in Agadez. (The title reflects how there is no word for “purple” in the Tamasheq language.)

Last month, Sahel Sounds released their fifth Mdou Moctar album, Sousoume Tamachek, and his first U.S. tour will conclude in Santa Barbara when both Mdou and Christopher Kirkley appear in person at UCSB’s MCC Theater.

KCSB-FM and UCSB’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) will co-present the area debut of Akounak, immediately followed by a conversation and Q&A with writer/director Kirkley and UCSB Professor of Music David Novak. (Showtime is 6:30pm.)

Next up will be an eclectic music set by Los Angeles-based DJ Carlos Gabriel Niño (of Dublab and Leaving Records), followed by Mdou Moctar and his band performing live at 9pm, a set that will blend soulful and bluesy psychedelia with high-energy, danceable rhythms.

The UCSB MultiCultural Center and CISM co-sponsor this all-ages event which is free and open to the public. This is KCSB’s first major event of the 2017-2018 school year.

6:30 – Akounak screening

7:45 – Q&A with Prof. David Novak + Filmmaker Christopher Kirkley

8:15 – Carlos Nino (Dublab / Leaving Records) Performance

9:00- Mdou Moctar Performance