“The band is stuck in the United States indefinitely”: Mdou Moctar are stranded in the US following a coup in Niger – and need your help raising funds

Mdou Moctar - the guitarist is stranded in the US and appealing for help in covering costs
(Image credit: Erika Goldring / Getty)

Nigerien electric guitar icon Mdou Moctar says he and his bandmates been left stranded in North America following the outbreak of civil war in his home country. 

President Mohamed Bazoum, Niger’s democratically elected leader, was recently overthrown by the wing of the military that was setup to protect him, the presidential guards. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.