Staff Picks: Mdou Moctar - Ilana (The Creator)

For fans of: Saharan blues and fiery guitar playing.

What they're saying: We very much agree with the take from Bandcamp’s profile: “Mdou Moctar separates himself from the increasingly saturated desert blues scene with terrifically rowdy musicianship”. Aquarium Drunkard has an excellent piece on the new record up too.

What we say: Great record whether you are knee deep in obscure African records or totally new to the Tuareg guitar sound.

Further listening: We first heard Mdou Moctor on the excellent and gritty Music Form Saharan Cell Phones collection. Did you know he also starred in a Tuareg language remake of Purple Rain?