At some point, the incredible experimental sounds of contemporary Saharan musician Mdou Moctar were discovered on memory cards from West African cellphones. Since then, he’s performed as the lead in the Nigeran remake of Prince’s Purple Rain (titled, Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in It) and released several mixtapes and records, many of which boast his signature auto-tuning and electronic psych rock. Earlier this month, the self-proclaimed “messenger of music” releasedIlana (The Creator)which he recorded in Detroit with producer Chris Koltay.
Mdou Moctar performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at Trinosophes; 1464 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-737-6606; trinosophes.com; Tickets are $15-$18.
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