Niger | 2015 | 75 minutes | NR
A young musician tries to make a career for himself to provide him with a better future in Niger.
Director: Christopher Kirkley
Cast: Mdou Moctar
STOMPBOX: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai – Nigerien Remake of Purple Rain starring Mdou Moctor!
Rain the Color Blue With a Little Red It – a literal translation of “Purple Rain”, as the Tuareg language has no word for “Purple” – is the first feature film ever shot in the Saharan Tamashek language of the Tuareg people, and borrows the plot and style (including iconic purple motorcycle and purple robes) from 1984’s Purple Rain, starring real life desert guitar god Mdou Moctar, in a revolutionary story of one musician’s struggle to make it, against all odds, in the raucous winner-takes-all guitar scene of Agadez, Niger.
Moctar must battle fierce competition from jealous musicians, overcome family conflicts, endure the trials of love, and overcome his biggest rival – himself. Driven by incredible musical performances from Moctar and other musicians from the magnificent Sahel Sounds record label and artist collective, the film is a beautiful work, taking the hopped up energy of the classic Prince original and dialing it way down to an intoxicating desert vibe that you melt right into and never want to leave.
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