Screening and Concert: Mdou Moctar/Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Color Blue With a Little Red In It)

Event Date: 

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater

Event Price: 

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Mdou Moctar
Mdou Moctar (courtesy photo)
On Saturday, October 14, 2017, KCSB-FM, UCSB’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM), and the UCSB MultiCultural Center (MCC) will host a rare North American show by the Tuareg guitar great Mdou Moctar, preceded by a screening of Chris Kirkley's film Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in It, which stars Moctar in a reimagining of Prince's Purple Rain, Tuareg-style! The program will begin in the MultiCultural Center Theater with a 6:30 p.m. screening of Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Color Blue With a Little Red In It), followed by a Q&A with Professor David Novak and filmmaker Christopher Kirkley at 7:45 p.m., an 8:15 p.m. performance featuring DJ Carlos Niño, and a 9 p.m. performance featuring Mdou Moctar. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
Mdou Moctar is a pioneer of Tuareg guitar music, a style that has recently shown up 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 youngest guitarist, singer, and songwriter Mdou Moctar is becoming increasingly recognized or 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. This month, Sahel Sounds just released their fifth Mdou Moctar album, Sousoume Tamachek, and Mdou Moctar will appear in person at UCSB’s MultiCultural Center Theater on his first U.S. tour.
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 (Rain the Color Blue With a Little Red In It), which not only pays tribute to Prince’s hit 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 the struggle of a guitarist trying to make it against all odds in Agadez. (The title reflects how there is no word for “purple” in the Tamasheq language.)
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 Niño (of Dublab and KPFK fame), followed by Mdou Moctar and his band performing live at 9 p.m., a set sure to blend soulful and bluesy guitar work with danceable and high-energy rhythms, too.
UCSB’s MultiCultural Center and CISM will co-sponsor this all-ages event which is free and open to the public.
Mdou Moctar