Watch Mdou Moctar play a stunning early morning set on the banks of the Niger River

Mdou Moctar and his band perform on the banks of the Niger river
(Image credit: Mdou Moctar/YouTube)

Back in June, Mdou Moctar released one of the year's best concert films, an exhilarating document of a spontaneous performance with his band outside the home of a friend on the outskirts of Niamey, the capital of Moctar's native Niger.

Now, the guitar wizard has released another, perhaps even more astonishing, live video, which documents an early-morning performance on the banks of the Niger River.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.