11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

103 Ratings

Gypsy Rockstar!

Badflow,

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

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deathheated,

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

About Bombino

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 Tidawt and recorded a desert blues take on the Rolling Stones classic "Hey Negrita" alongside Keith Richards and Charlie Watts. The following year, filmmaker Hisham Mayet captured Bombino and his electric band for the recording Music from Niger: Guitars from Agadez, Vol. 2, released in 2009 on Sublime Frequencies. As the political landscape heated up in Niger again in 2007, Bombino fled to Burkina Faso, where in 2009 he was tracked down by another filmmaker, Ron Wyman, who wanted to help the artist make a proper record. A year later, Bombino made a safe return to his native land, performing a celebratory concert at the Grand Mosque, and with Wyman's help, completing the record Agadez. Released in 2011, Agadez showcased Bombino's captivating vocals, trance-like guitar playing and evocative rhythms, cited as one of NPR's best discoveries of the year. For his second album, 2013's Nomad, Bombino travelled to Nashville to record with the Black Keys’s Dan Auerbach, and the result is a marvelous set, full of grit and funky elegance, a kind of mesh of Tuareg rhythms with Deep South delta country trance blues, and psychedelic, too, as if Jimi Hendrix and John Lee Hooker somehow got spliced together.

Bombino went to upstate New York to record his third album with his quintet and producer David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors. According to Longstreth's liner essay, the guitarist did everythuing in one or two takes without fail. The finishd album, Azel, was issued by Partisan Recordings in April of 2016. ~ Chrysta Cherrie & Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Tidene, Niger
  • GENRE
    World
  • BORN
    January 1, 1980

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