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Saharan guitar virtuoso Omara Moctar, a.k.a. Bombino, augments his desert blues with hard-driving rock showpieces and fragile acoustic ballads. Aided by producer Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors) and vocalist Mama “Mahassa” Walet Amoumine, Bombino adds a few new sounds to his globe-spanning arsenal, like the Jamaican-inspired detours into smoky dub that enlivens the Led Zeppelin swagger of “Iyat Ninhay / Jaguar.” But the guitarist’s unplugged excursions continue to amaze—love songs like “Inar” and “Igmayagh Dum” ripple with ease, while stark closing track “Naqqim Dagh Timshar” offers a tribute to the martyrs of his Niger homeland.

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Saharan Joy

I love Bombino's music and Azel harks back to the unique Saharan sound he produced at the beginning. Bombino's sound is clean, joyous, and his guitar pays homage to his home and the traditions of his people, the Tuareg. I think Bombino is one of the world's best guitarists at this time. I wish he'd get more exposure and recognition here in the U.S.


I was lucky enough to see Bombino twice during SXSW 2016. Amazing and beautiful live performance and the early releases for this sound great.


Formed: January 1, 1980 in Tidene, Niger

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Meditative and earthy, Niger-based musician Bombino conjures the expansiveness of the Sahara landscape. Born in 1980 as Goumar Almoctar in the nomadic Tuareg encampment Tidene, Bombino came of age during much political upheaval, fleeing with his family to Algeria by 1990 and returning to northern Niger's largest city, Agadez, seven years later, when he took on music professionally. After years of playing with local bands, legend caught up to him, as he traveled to California in 2006 on tour with...
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