Mdou Moctar releases trippy new video for Ibitilan

Mdou Moctar
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Nigerien guitar wizard Mdou Moctar has shared a new video for Ibitilan, which you can watch below. This is a new live version of the song which first appeared on 2019’s Blue Stage Session.

Ibitilan is taken from the upcoming Niger EP Vol. 2, which will be released through Matador Records on October 25. The EP is a companion to Niger EP Vol. 1, which was released earlier this year, and features live and alternate versions of songs recorded throughout the band's career. 

Ibitlan is a love song,” says producer and bassist Mikey Coltun. “Mdou sings about his love for a woman, comparing her to a beautiful valley with a stream running through it, how her skin is a yellow flower and her smile is like lightning. This particular recording was done in Agadez in 2017 at a wedding.

"Mdou and I had played three weddings a day for about a month and a half on that trip. It was like bootcamp. I loved it. Ibitilan is one of Mdou's oldest songs and is covered by pretty much every Tuareg guitarist. We've played versions of this song lasting over 20 minutes. It's definitely one of my favourites to play!"

Niger EP Vol. 2 will be available on digital format from October 25, and both volumes of the EP will be available on limited edition coloured vinyl through Matador Records on March 10.

Pre-order physical edition of Niger EP Vol. 1 and 2.

Mdou Moctar

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Mdou Moctar: Niger EP Vol. 2 tracklist

1. Iblis Amghar
2. Ibitilan
3. Nakane Dish
4. Chimoumounim
5. Asdikte Akal
6. Azawad

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