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CUMBANCHA DISCOVERY PRESENTS: BOMBINO
THE SOULFUL SOUND OF THE SAHARA'S YOUNG GENERATION
Raised amidst rebellion and exile, Bombino’s blazing guitar transports Tuareg traditions into the future.
"His desert rock and roll guitar had the audience cheering. It is the new sound of Niger.
Bombino brings a message of peace to the world and is an example of the spirit of changing guns for guitars."
– Afropop Worldwide (reporting from the 2011 Festival in the Desert)
“The singer and guitarist Bombino emerges from the dunes of the Sahara with his desert folk dancing in the flames.
Absolutely magical.” — Les Inrockuptibles (France)
For centuries, the desert town of Agadez has served as a converging point for the great camel caravans driven by the Tuareg that link West Africa with North Africa and the Mediterranean. Born in 1980 at a nomadic camp near this dusty outpost, the young guitarist and songwriter Omara “Bombino” Moctar was raised during an era of armed struggles for Tuareg independence and violent suppression by government forces. Bombino’s electrifying jams capture the spirit of resistance and rebellion while echoing with guitar riffs reminiscent of fellow Africans Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré not to mention rock and blues icons such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Page. Already a superstar in the Tuareg community, with the release of Agadez on Cumbancha Discovery (April 18th in Europe and April 19th in North America), Bombino's stature as one of Africa's hottest young guitarists will be revealed to the world.
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