Hear Mdou Moctar’s latest track Taliat ahead of the release of his new album Afrique Victime

Moctar’s second album arrives this Friday.

Mdou Moctar performing

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Guitarist and singer Mdou Moctar has released a new single, Taliat, and an accompanying music video ahead of the release of his second album Afrique Victime.

Afrique Victime is Moctar’s second full-length album, and his first since signing to Matador last year. The song released alongside his signing announcement – Chismiten – also appears as the first track of Afrique Victime. He’s since also released the song Tala Tannam.

Moctar said in a statement about the track: “‘Taliat’ means woman. In our community, women are queens, they have a lot of power, that’s 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.”

Moctar’s bassist, Mikey Coltun said of the song’s video: “It’s a one-shot of Mdou, [myself] and [guitarist] Ahmoudou actually listening to the song in the car. If you look closely you can see Mdou singing along.”

You can take a look at the video below.

Alongside the release of Taliat, Moctar has announced a tour of the USA, with tickets going on sale this Friday (21 May) at 10 AM local time. The full list of dates is below.


3 – Manchester, TN, Bonnaroo
5 – Durham, NC, Motorco Music Hall
7 – Baltimore, MD, Ottobar
8 – Philadelphia, PA, Johnny Brenda’s
10 ­– Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
11 – Holyoke, MA, Gateway City Arts
12 – Boston, MA, The Sinclair
14 – Pittsburgh, PA, Thunderbird Café & Music Hall
15 – Columbus, OH, Ace of Cups
17 – Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
18 – Minneapolis, MN, Cedar Cultural Center
20 – Denver, CO, Globe Hall
21 – Denver, CO, Globe Hall
22 – Salt Lake City, UT, Urban Lounge
23 – Boise, ID, Treefort Music Festival
24 – Seattle, WA, The Crocodile
25 – Portland, OR, Mississippi Studios
26 – Portland, OR, Mississippi Studios
28 – San Francisco, CA, The Chapel
29 – Oakland, CA, Starline


1 – Pioneertown, CA, Desert Daze Pre-Party
2 – Los Angeles, CA, Lodge Room


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