A revolutionary story of guitars, motor-cycles, cellphones – and the music of a new generation. Don’t miss this Tuareg language remake of Prince’s Purple Rain.
The film is set in Agadez, the Nigerien city ‘where guitars are king’ and stars the Tuareg ‘desert blues’ guitarist Mdou Moctar in Prince’s title role. Adopting the original’s structure, the story follows a motorcycle riding, purple robed musician trying to make a name for himself whilst battling local rivals, his conservative father and eventually, his own ego.
The Tuareg are a semi-nomadic Berber group in North Africa, and their language (tamashek) has no word for the colour purple. The title therefore translates literally to ‘rain the colour of blue with a little red in it’.
Presented by the Department of Modern Languages in partnership with Research & Cultural Collections and mac birmingham.