The West African remake of Prince’s “Purple Rain” may be even more epic than the original

Prince’s semi-autobiographical rock opera, Purple Rain, is getting a West African remake. Akounak, follows the story of a self-taught guitarist from Agadez, a city in Niger “where guitars are king,” according to the trailer, as he journeys the Sahara desert with nothing but his guitar and a purple motorcycle.

(Sahel Sounds)

The film whose full title is Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, or “Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It,” is performed in Tuareg, the language of...

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