Tuareg, guitarist and singer Omara “Bombino” Moctar made his Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Nomad on April 2, 2013. The album was recorded with 2013 Grammy Award-winning Producer of the Year Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at his Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound.
Nomad debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music album chart and iTunes World chart and has earned rave reviews from top media outlets around the world…
“Utterly, utterly fantastic…” BBC.
“A perfect match of sound and soul [that] introduces a new guitar hero." Rolling Stone.
Bombino is a member of the nomadic Tuareg Ifoghas tribe from the Berbers of North Africa; for centuries they have fought against colonialism and the imposition of strict Islamic rule. During his lifetime, the Tuareg people have fought the Niger government to secure their rights on numerous occasions, causing Bombino and his family to flee several times.
While living in Algeria and Libya in his teen years, Bombino’s friends played him videos of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler, among others, which they watched over and over in an effort to master their licks. Bombino worked regularly as a musician and also as a herder in the desert near Tripoli, spending many hours alone watching the animals and practicing his guitar.
He recalls the time he’s spent in the desert and those he has left behind during the upheavals that repeatedly sent him and his family into exile. It’s through the sound of his work, at least initially, that Bombino communicates with listeners outside his homeland. His simple but evocative lyrics are sung in the Tamasheck language of the Tuareg people of Niger.
“A heavy-duty recalibration of desert blues.” ’UNCUT
In 2009, Bombino met filmmaker Ron Wyman, who had heard a cassette of Bombino’s music while traveling near Agadez. Wyman was enchanted by Bombino’s music and spent a year seeking him out, eventually tracking him down to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where he was in exile after two band members were killed in a rebellion (The Tuaregs have since put down their arms and returned to Niger). At the end of the war, Bombino returned to Agadez with Wyman and staged a concert to celebrate the newfound peace that established Bombino as a hero of the Tuareg people.
“Bombino is…a star. The lyrics aim to celebrate and protect Tuareg culture and identity.” New York Times…
"When those guys get in front of you and Bombino is playing electric guitar, you don’t have to be in the desert. They will transform wherever they are. That’s what’s amazing about Bombino.” Dan Auerbach
Since the release of Nomad, Bombino has been in hot demand on stages and festivals around the world.
We now welcome him to his debut tour of Australia:
Dec 29th Falls Festival, Lorne (VIC)
Dec 31st Falls Festival, Marion Bay (TAS)
Jan 2nd Falls Festival, Byron Bay (NSW)
Jan 4th Southbound Festival, Busselton (WA)
Jan 9th Spiegeltent, Sydney Festival
Jan 10th Spiegeltent, Sydney Festival
Jan 11th Lennox Theatre, Sydney Festival
Jan 12th Corner Hotel, Melbourne (VIC) www.cornerhotel.com
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