Mdou Moctar x black midi - Drummer Collab Videos

black midi’s Morgan Simpson and Mdou Moctar’s Souleymane Ibrahim connected for the first time in Chicago at Electrical Audio on the heels of a recent North American tour. After some set-up and impromptu free-styling, Simpson and Ibrahim drummed to songs together from their respective latest albums: “Sugar/Tzu” from black midi’s Hellfire and “Chismiten” from Mdou Moctar’s Afrique Victime. In order to document the momentous introduction, Matador and Rough Trade asked me to create two mini-doc pieces around the collab.

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mini-doc capturing Morgan Simpson and Souleymane Ibrahum meeting for the first time and free-styling at Electrical Audio in Chicago

performance video of Morgan Simpson and Souleymane Ibrahum performing and impromptu drum collab on Mdou Moctar’s “Chismiten”

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posted by Morgan Simpson, Mdou Moctar, black midi, Rough Trade, and Matador