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Omar “Bombino” Moctar has achieved something of guitar-god status in certain quarters after building a career as one of the most notable Tuareg musicians to emerge from North Africa. As with the Tuareg group Tinariwen, Bombino's popularity is growing in the States. When The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach discovered Bombino, he invited the "desert blues" master to his Nashville studio, where they recorded the divinely textured Nomad. Bombino also sings and writes his own material, and his distinctive guitar style is a perfect subject for Auerbach's producer talents. Nomad is a gorgeous work that blends Bombino's earthy vocals and hypnotic, repetitive guitar style with other instruments—like bass, Farfisa organ, lap steel, djembe, and percussion—to create a vibrant, lush soundscape that celebrates both western rock guitar and the sounds of the Saharan Tuareg. Songs like "Amidinine" and "Azamane Tiliade" reverberate and pulse with a distorted, bluesy Black Keys vibe, while other songs, like the softly percussion-driven "Ahulakamine Hulan" and the mesmerizing "Zigzan," are rich with Middle Eastern flavors. A treasure.

Customer Reviews

Gypsy Rockstar!

i might buy this and i dont even know what this dude is sayin!!! Bombino rocks & Dan Auerbach is a genius!!!


One day we will find an heir to the great jimi. If bombino stays away from the black keys maybe he could be great. but this album has so much potential for what bombino can become it makes me sick, but gdamn the black keys are ovrated. I want to hear an album produced by bombino

Sound & Style Are Alluring On A Global Scale

Bombino benefits from an inspired pairing: He teamed up with a kindred spirit in The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who produced this new album. The fuzzy, loose and wide-open sounds will be familiar to Black Keys fans — and totally complement the singular honey-and-sand texture of Bombino's voice.


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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