Tuareg musician and songwriter Mdou Moctar, who grew up and started playing in Niger in West Africa, is embarking on a massive tour.

He is traveling with the three musicians in his band through North America, with a stop on Sept. 15 at Ace of Cups, and then on through Europe later in the year.

He’s ready for the trek.

“Honestly, we’re very used to tours, so not even a second thought goes into it,” he said, speaking by phone from New York. (Moctar spoke in French, with questions and answers translated by Penny Campbell.)

As accustomed as he is to tours, they still present a few problems.

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