Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2021 Ratings: #49 / 736
Year End Rank: #16
User Score
Based on 589 ratings
2021 Ratings: #124
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Uncut
An exhilarating band set that mixes electric and acoustic instrumentation, it’s at once fiercely modern and as ancient as the Niger river.
90
Exclaim!

Afrique Victime is a decidedly Tuareg expression, furthering the distinction that Mdou Moctar holds as one of the most exciting, innovative and provocative artists to emerge from the area.

90
musicOMH

Overall, Moctar’s creations are perfectly pitched in drawing from Tuareg culture and reaching beyond the traditional into new territory.

90
Crack Magazine

Remaining as focused as ever on the issues blighting his homeland, Afrique Victime elevates and reshapes one of the continent’s most exciting genres.

90
Paste
In so many ways, the album represents the full realization not just of Moctar’s individual artistry, but of what’s possible when influences collide in unexpected ways.
90
Classic Rock

Inspired by Black Flag and vintage Van Halen, it's a liberating blast of West African grooves, blinding guitar and soul-steeped vocals, cut with distorted whorls of psychedelia.

85
Spectrum Culture
At long last capturing on wax the full range of his talent, Mdou Moctar crafts the first great guitar album of the ‘20s with this urgent, incandescent roar of desert rock.
84
Pitchfork

The Tuareg guitarist and his bandmates deliver the fullest picture of his gifts yet. Recorded piecemeal during tour breaks, the album captures the group’s easy chemistry and explosive energy.

81
Beats Per Minute

It’s music for mending the soul and opening the eyes of skeptics to what music – what really good music – can do for us. No matter what walks of life we come from, there’s legitimate emotion attached to Mdou Moctar’s music, and it should shake any living, breathing being right to their core.

80
Loud and Quiet
Sprinkled with unrelenting spiked electric guitar solos, thumping percussion, gorgeous harmonies and field recordings, it’s impossible to resist the magic created by this accomplished band. These kaleidoscopic compositions, both tender and tenacious in tone, are inspiring and rejuvenating.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Mdou Moctar’s energy for revolution is full force experience, as exhilarating as it is inspiring, and it is made more powerful by his sincere love and understanding of the Tuareg tradition.

80
Under The Radar

As it becomes safe to go out again, seeing these songs live should be as early a priority as is reasonable. Until then, as we tiptoe into the restrictions-easing summer, Afrique Victime should absolutely be the backyard BBQ blaster for any discriminating listener.

80
Rolling Stone

There’s no real sense of worry or anxiety in the love songs, and Moctar’s calls for unity are set to a loose soundtrack of unpredictable guitar. This is how free rock & roll should sound.

80
AllMusic

Dynamic, but well-balanced, this collection is perhaps the most conclusive example of Moctar's multidimensional talents to date.

80
The Arts Desk

The new album remains true to a style that was pioneered by Tinariwen over 40 years ago, although the sound is a little more sophisticated than on Llana.

80
Mojo
Niger desert rock giants’ first for Matador hits suitably transcendent form.
80
The Observer

The Nigerien guitarist and band sizzle on a deeply satisfying album that pays unusual homage to his early career.

70
Clash

Here's a talent who, through sheer will, has managed to condense the sound of his culture, meld it to western rock and showcase it to the entire world. We can't wait to catch these melodies live.

70
Northern Transmissions

There’s a spectacular spontaneity to the studio piece—electric in every sense of the word.

andiov1
58

I'm mad that I didn't get as much from this album that I would have liked to, the cover art for this is so lovely. Sonically Afrique Victime feels like an amorphous blob of blues riffs and oddly placed 80s drum machines that while not unpleasant to listen to wasn't really all that memorable or have many distinct moments across its runtime.

AngelHerntz
69

Es de agradecer que exista tanta diversidad en una plataforma como AOTY, tan sólo este año he conocido grandes exponentes de casi todos los continentes; desde latitudes tan dispares como Brazil, Korea del Sur, Francia, Haití, España, Portugal, Nigeria, entre muchas muchas otras. En especial con influencias africanas como Sons Of Kemet, Femi Kuti & Made Kuti, al igual que otros con elementos de este distintivo estilo en ciertas de sus canciones pero no en la ... read more

nostalgia
80

Who would have thought that one of the best psychedelic rock albums in recent years would come from the heart of the Sahara desert but ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Mahamadou Souleymane, aka. Mdou Moctar, and his Matador Records debut, 'Afrique Victime'.

I think that understanding Mahamadou's journey up to today certainly adds to the magic of this record. Mahamadou comes from the city of Agadez in central Niger and first discovered music at an early age when attending an ... read more

CarterWallenius
95

Absolutely adventurous and beautiful.

woofwoofimacat
95

must hear album from africas greatest

JayCrackers
77

A solid and strong psychedelic filled Tishoumaren release by Mdou Moctar and contains some of the best African blues focus music in recent years. Filled with hypnotic soundscape which gives the feelings of the warm Sahara desert. Alongside, some strong lyrics which I would say take some time to look at for a strong message throughout gives the record a more potent listen.

Track Review

Chismiten 9/10
Taliat 8.5/10.
Ya Habibti 7.5/10.
Tala Tannam 8/10
Untitled 6.5/10
Asdikte Akal ... read more

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Track List

1Chismiten
4:58
84
2Taliat
3:48
81
3Ya Habibti
3:31
78
4Tala Tannam
5:38
81
5Untitled
1:25
76
6Asdikte Akal
4:31
75
7Layla
4:26
81
8Afrique Victime
7:25
89
9Bismilahi Atagah
5:36
79
Total Length: 41 minutes
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Added on: March 2, 2021