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spotlight on snwmf 2013 artist: bombino
The Black Keys and their frontman, Dan Auerbach, were the biggest winners at the Grammy Awards last week, taking home four trophies, including best rock album week.  Dan Auerbach, who also won the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, invited Tuareg guitarist, singer, and songwriter Omara “Bombino” Moctar and his band to travel to Auerbach's Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound, so that Auerbach could be at the helm for the recording of Bombino's next album "Nomad" to be released by Nonesuch Records on April 2, 2013. 

Before 2009, Bombino was little known outside Saharan Africa, where his career consisted of regionally available cassettes and roles in local bands. In the last few years, he has begun to find a following abroad. He sold out venues across the US in his first tour here, in 2011, and has garnered the praise of outlets ranging from Pitchfork to NPR’s Fresh Air, whose critic Milo Miles called Bombino “a young performer with the charisma and probing imagination to become the first Tuareg star.” Dan Auerbach became a fan after a friend saw him perform and thought Auerbach might appreciate his unique style of desert blues.

Born and raised in Niger, in and around the northern city of Agadez, Bombino is a member of the Tuareg Ifoghas tribe, a nomadic people descended from the Berbers of North Africa. The Tuareg people have fought the Niger government to secure their rights on numerous occasions, causing Bombino and his family to flee several times. During one such exile, relatives visiting from the front lines of the rebellion left behind a guitar and Bombino began teaching himself to play it. He eventually studied with the renowned Tuareg guitarist Haja Bebe, who asked him to join his band, where he acquired the nickname Bombino—a variation on the Italian word for “little child.”

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. Eventually, Bombino returned to Niger, where he continued to play with a number of local bands. As his legend grew, a Spanish documentary film crew helped Bombino record his first album, Group Bombino’s Guitars from Agadez Vol. 2, which became a local radio hit.

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.) Wyman featured Bombino in a documentary he was filming about the Tuareg and also produced his 2011 solo album, "Agadez."

Writing about Bombino’s 2011 album Agadez, NPR Music praised the artist’s “sublime guitar licks,” which Pitchfork has described as “scorching.” The BBC has said, “[Bombino’s music] holds hidden power beneath its deceptive simplicity, with many a tune devolving into blistering guitar jams, following chanted vocals about the struggle for unity and self-determination, as well as the longing that love brings, and the difficulties facing a life of shepherd’s solitude.”

Nonesuch Records will release "Nomad" on April 2.  A pre-order of Nomad on CD and vinyl is available now in the Nonesuch Store and includes an instant download of the album track “Azamane Tiliade.”

Preview the track in the trailer below. Bombino will embark on a US tour this May, and will perform at a number of major North American festivals this summer.

Nomad Tracklist:

  1. Amidinine
  2. Ahulakamine Hula
  3. Asamane
  4. Tiliade
  5. Imuhar
  6. Niamey Jam
  7. Adinat
  8. Her Tenere
  9. Imidiwan
  10. Aman
  11. Zigzan
  12. Tamiditine

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