here be dragons

The debut tour of Mdou Moctar and the band wrapped up last month. I've spent the past month since the tour thinking of how best to sum up the experience. In lieu of too many words, I've put together this short collaborative video collage: (photos here) In the concerts, the…

tuaregs in paris

Tonight we begin our first stop on for the Mdou Moctar summer tour across Europe. Lot's of dates, from Sweden all the way down to Portugal (Paris date coming soon)! For more details, check here.

all gold everything

Before the Kickstarter finished, we left for Niger to shoot the footage that will eventually become the film "Akounak." The windy season was fast approaching, which would be followed by a blistering hot season, followed by torrential rains. We acted quickly, shooting at breakneck speed over a mere ten days.…

rain the color of blue with a little red in it

A few years back, a friend and I were joking about the idea of adapting films to the Sahara. The buddy cop film in Nouakchott, the alien invasion of the Western Sahara. We eventually came to Prince's 1984 epic rock-u-drama Purple Rain, which seemed the ideal model. The film is…

Akounak Teaser

Teaser clip for our new film "Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai," the feature length film from Mdou Moctar.

sahel vinyl

The mixtape of Music from Saharan Cellphones has been made into two vinyl records, but the momentum continues and two of the featured artists now have full lengths of their own. Afelan by Mdou Moctar Mdou Moctar, known for his autotuned anthems - the Hausa film interpretations of Tuareg guitar…