On the album “Funeral for Justice,” released in May, guitar phenom Mdou Moctar isn’t holding back. He never really has, not since he officially started releasing music in 2008. Moctar is a Tuareg musician from Niger. His unforgettable guitar playing has taken the “desert blues” of Niger worldwide — even as he continues to sing primarily in his native language, Tamasheq.

In an interview, Moctar and his namesake band’s bassist and producer, Mikey Coltun, say the album was inspired by what they see as a chaotic state of world affairs. “The world is going crazy,” Moctar says. “I feel like justice doesn’t exist anymore.”

The band is specific about this craziness on “Funeral for Justice.” On the penultimate song, “Oh France,” Moctar’s twisty guitar playing sounds like he’s alerting listeners to an emergency. To Moctar, the relationship between Niger and its former colonizer, France, is an emergency. France still controls much of Niger’s uranium, which it uses to fuel its own nuclear-powered electricity — while only 1 in 7 Nigeriens have access to electricity. “Africa is poor, but she doesn’t have to be,” Moctar says. “She just always [has] people trying to manipulate countries to hurt the people and take the resources. That’s not fair. That’s not justice.”

On the opening and title track, Moctar’s urgent guitar playing immediately hits listeners in the face. He, along with Souleymane Ibrahim on percussion, Ahmoudou Madassane on rhythm guitar and Coltun on bass, inject hypnotizing Saharan melodies with massive amounts of energy. But they’re not reinventing the Tuareg people’s music, and as a producer, Coltun isn’t interested in making this music more palatable to Western audiences. “It’s about keeping it to what it is,” he says, “as opposed to stylizing it to what it’s not.”

That commitment to authenticity has worked well for the band. Its previous album, “Afrique Victime,” released in 2021, was critically acclaimed and expanded the group’s reach. The album’s title track starts slow, with a guitar squeaking quietly as Moctar cries out the title as the first lyrics, his voice bending with a soft, twinkling percussion. Moctar’s sirenlike guitar eventually takes its place at center stage. It’s a seven-plus-minute jam session that revs up to a headbanging explosion when the drums come in heavier than ever.

The band has enjoyed watching audiences connect with its powerful and politically charged music, regardless of the language barrier. “For me, it’s like, ‘Push the music.’ If people understand the aggression and the urgency of the music, they’ll ask more questions of ‘What is this about? What is this feeling they’re giving out?’” Coltun says. The band’s listeners are definitely connecting. Just about a year ago, it opened for another music act at the Orange Peel in Asheville, N.C.; the night before the band’s interview with The Post, it was the headliner.

Mdou Moctar’s music is a promise in some ways: a promise to stay real, and a promise to let the music do all the necessary yelling. “When you listen to our album and then you come to the show live … you can have the same feelings,” Moctar says. “You’re going to [feel] the same things, or you’re going to get more than what you asked for.”

June 27 at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 930.com. $28.

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