Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
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Based on 19 reviews
2021 Ratings: #29 / 514
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Based on 407 ratings
2021 Ratings: #73
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An exhilarating band set that mixes electric and acoustic instrumentation, it’s at once fiercely modern and as ancient as the Niger river.

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.


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

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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

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


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.

Northern Transmissions

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

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.

Let me tell you, it's impossible to predict stuff that is going on here.

African blues rock. Sounds cool, maybe kinda interesting, but definitely exotic and it's probably not something that an average western-tempered ear would be especially eager to reach for, voluntarily at least. Because let's be honest here, how many African records do you listen to in a year? One or two, maybe a couple more, which, if it's the case then congratulations, because ... read more
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
Galloping through everything that stifles it, bombdiving and forever deviating guitars saturate the Sahara with broken bridled percussive purpose intent on the purity of the musical moment alone that commits the irrepressible and rogue ‘Afrique Victime’ to unwavering joyful moments only possible in the passion of the present.

Opening track ‘Chismiten’ enters the arena guitars ablaze like the emotion of hearing Hendrix at Woodstock for the first-time as you feel the ... read more
Psicodélico por natureza, 'Afrique Victime' é um projeto cuidadosamente pensado para ser o que é: um registro constante dos caminhos tomados pela banda Mdou Moctar, que desde seus primeiros trabalhos sempre trouxeram uma abordagem única acerca do rock embalado aos ritmos africanos.
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Added on: March 2, 2021