The desert blues sounds of Mdou Moctar and his band were felt deep in the oasis of music known as the Columbus Theatre in Providence Thursday, February 24.

An enthused crowd packed the downstairs theater to hear the “Hendrix of the Sahara,” as Moctar, a native of Niger in North Africa is known. The band brings traditional music of the Tuareg people of Northwest Africa, with a modern, plugged-in feel.

WUN photographer Rick Farrell was there and shares some great images of the band and opener, Emily Robb, below.

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Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music and more for What'sUpNewp, Providence Monthly, SO RI, and The Bay. He DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse" Tuesday nights, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM.