Watch Mdou Moctar’s intimately epic Tiny Desk concert

Mdou Moctar Tiny Desk performance
(Image credit: NPR Music)

It’s been quite a year for Mdou Moctar, who, after a string of singles, recently released his fifth full-length album Afrique Victime – a sonic tour-de-force that puts on a pedestal his own celebrated blend of Saharan music and conventional rock.

To mark the occasion, Moctar made an appearance on NPR Music for an epic at-home Tiny Desk performance, which offers an intimate insight into his pioneering approach to songwriting and fierce, face-melting guitar techniques.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.