[caption id="attachment_32511" align="aligncenter" width="1260"]<img class="size-full wp-image-32511" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/05\/Mdou-Moctar-2.jpg" alt="" width="1260" height="841" \/> Mdou Moctar[\/caption]\r\n<h1>On Sunday, May 6, Hill and Holler Pizza in Lewisburg brings Nigerian guitarist Mdou Moctar to the stage. One of the first musicians to perform modern electronic adaptations of Tuareg guitar music, Moctar rose to fame in the underground network of West Africa where electric guitar music traveled hand-to-hand as pirated mp3s.<\/h1>\r\nMoctar is touring the United States in promotion of his latest album release Sousoume Tamachek. In it, he delves into his more sensitive side with a minimal studio recording of dreamy ballads. Thumping calabash, droning guitars, and vocal overdubs evoke an imagined desert soundscape. All instruments and vocals are performed by Moctar, creating very personal sessions. Emotive and introspective, he explores themes of religion, spirituality, and matters of the heart.\r\n\r\nToronto-based critic Slava Pastuk characterizes Moctar\u2019s live performance as \u201cone of the most amazing feats I\u2019ve seen performed with a guitar in recent memory.\u201d\r\n\r\n<img class="wp-image-32513 alignright" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/05\/Mdou-Moctar-2-2.jpg" alt="" width="385" height="257" \/>\r\n\r\nIndyWeek.com says, \u201cMoctar is as rock \u2018n\u2019 roll as he is Tuareg, and his music leans just as much toward psychedelia as it does folk, pushing the boundaries of what music of the region is expected to sound like.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn 2015, Moctar starred in the first ever Tuareg language film, Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red In It, a Nigerien remake of Purple Rain. (The Tuareg language doesn\u2019t have a word for purple.) The film will not remind American audiences of Prince\u2019s music, and the desert setting will not be reminiscent of Prince\u2019s own Minnesota roots. But, the story will feel the same: In the city of Agadez where guitars are king, musicians will do anything to succeed.\r\n\r\nHill and Holler will screen the film at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. Mdou Moctar will take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door and include admission to the film and the concert. The full menu will be available for dinner service and drinks. Reserve tickets in advance by calling 304-647-4429.