Mdou Moctar x black midi - Drummer Collab Videos

On the heels of two recent North American tours, black midi's Morgan Simpson and Mdou Moctar's Souleymane Ibrahim connected for the first in Chicago at Electrical Audio for a momentous drum session. After some set-up and impromptu free-styling, Simpson and Ibrahim collaborated, drumming to tracks from their respective albums: "Sugar/Tzu" from black midi's Hellfire and "Chismiten" from Mdou Moctar's Afrique Victime. Keen to document this significant encounter, Matador and Rough Trade tasked me with creating two mini-documentary pieces to capture the essence of their collaboration——marked by rhythmic mastery, contagious energy, and undeniable charisma.

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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

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