Mdou Moctar (b. 1986) is a Tuareg songwriter and musician based in Agadez, Niger, and is one of the first musicians to perform modern electronic adaptations of Tuareg guitar music. He first became famous through a subtle trading network of cellphones and memory cards in West Africa.
Mdou Moctar is a popular wedding performer and sings about Islam, education, love and peace in Tamasheq. He plays a left-handed Fender in a takamba and assouf style. He is originally from Abalak and has also lived in Tchintabaraden and Libya.
Moctar says that in Agadez, guitar is like football in Brazil: Only about 10% don’t play. His first guitar was one he made himself as a kid with a box and the cable from a bicycle brake.
The language he sings in is of a Berber language family called “Tamachiq,” more frequently called “Taureg” in the West.
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On the Maxing Out of Attacks and Noise - Jerry Seinfeld
When Seinfeld was asked last month by AP about whether being attacked (legally or critically), he gave the following comment:
“Not really, because there’s so many voices that they kind of cancel each other out.
“It seems to me that every single person, everywhere, is under attack of their comments section of whatever they think or whatever they said. So to me it has no impact. Because it’s too much noise. It’s all just noise that everybody drowns each other out, so I don’t really worry about it.”
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Cool Pedal Effects Setup - Toshi Kasai
He used to be a guitarist for Big Business, and now is most familiar to music listeners for his collabs with the Melvins.
In his Sound of Sirens studio, he showed EarthQuakerDevices (yes, the guitar pedal company) this effects rack.
He has shelves of pedals, not all hooked up, but on top there’s that patch bay, so it’s easy for him to run cords in and out of any pedal he’s recording.
The video by EarthQuakerDevices:
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