Mdou Moctar Announce New Album ‘Funeral for Justice’, Share New Single

    Mdou Moctar have announced a new album called Funeral for Justice. The follow-up to the Nigerien quartet’s 2019 breakout Afrique Victime arrives May 3 via Matador. Check out a video for the lead single and title track below, and scroll down for the album cover, tracklist, and the band’s upcoming tour dates.

    “This album is really different for me,” Moctar, the band’s singer, namesake, and guitarist, said in a press release. “Now the problems of terrorist violence are more serious in Africa. When the US and Europe came here, they said they’re going to help us, but what we see is really different. They never help us to find a solution.”

    “Mdou Moctar has been a strong anti-colonial band ever since I’ve been a part of it,” commented producer and bassist Mikey Coltun, who has been playing with Moctar since 2017. “France came in, fucked up the country, then said ‘you’re free.’ And they’re not.”

    Ilana was the gateway album, saying that this is a raw rock band. And Afrique Victime was a summation of that vision,” added Coltun, who recorded the new LP over five days in a mostly unfurnished house in upstate New York. “With Funeral for Justice, I really wanted this to shine with the political message because of everything that’s going on. As the band got tighter and heavier live, it made sense to capture this urgency and this aggression – it wasn’t a forced thing, it was very natural.”

    In 2022, Moctar released the Niger EPs Vol. 1 & 2.

    Funeral for Justice Cover Artwork:

    Funeral for Justice Tracklist:

    1. Funeral For Justice
    2. Imouhar
    3. Takoba
    4. Sousoume
    5. Imagerhan
    6. Tchinta
    7. Djallo #1
    8. Oh France
    9. Modern Slaves

    Mdou Moctar 2024 Tour Dates:

    Apr 14 – Indio, CA – Coachella Music and Arts Festival
    Apr 21 – Indio, CA – Coachella Music and Arts Festival
    Jun 5 – Atlantic City, NJ – Anchor Rock Club
    Jun 6 – Harrisburg, PA – The Abbey Bar at ABC
    Jun 7 – Richmond, VA – Cheers Brown’s Island
    Jun 8 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom
    Jun 9 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
    Jun 11 – Charleston, SC – Pour House
    Jun 12 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
    Jun 13 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
    Jun 14 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
    Jun 15 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi
    Jun 18 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
    Jun 19 – Detroit, MI – Magic Bag
    Jun 20 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
    Jun 21 – Buffalo, NY – Asbury Hall
    Jun 22 – Greenfield, MA – Green River Music Festival
    Jun 23 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
    Jun 26 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
    Jun 27 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
    Jun 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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