Posted by bombinomusic | Dec. 10, 2013
Bombino’s album Nomad has been named among NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2013. He and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who produced the album, “turned out to be a fabulous team,” says Bob Boilen, host of NPR's All Songs Considered. “What you hear on Nomad is Bombino’s already vigorous sound with a bit more bite.” Read more, listen to the album track “Amidinine,” and see the complete list of NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2013 at npr.org.
Nomad was also recently named to Rolling Stone's list of the 50 Best Albums of 2013 and to Uncut's list of the Best World Music Albums. “For this raw cross-cultural jam, Omara 'Bombino' Moctar—a hot-shit guitarist from Niger—hooked up with Black Key Dan Auerbach, who produced the LP with a crate-digging R&B/psych vibe,” says Rolling Stone. “It’s full of hypnotic fuzz, and the cosmic country of ‘Tamiditine’ conjures Workingman’s Dead—if it’d been made in the Sahara desert.” Read more at rollingstone.com.
To pick up a copy of Nomad, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout and are now 35% off the standard retail price (about 20% off the everyday low prices listed on the site) through the holidays, as part of the Nonesuch Store anniversary sale.
Bombino and his band recently concluded their 2013 tours of Europe and North America. They head next to Australia for New Year’s and performances at The Falls, Southbound, and Sydney festivals into mid-January, after which they kick off the next leg of the European tour. For details, visit the tour page.
Posted by bombinomusic | Dec. 5, 2013
Posted by bombinomusic | Sep. 9, 2013
Bombino stopped by the offices of NPR Music in Washington, DC, during the first leg of his US tour earlier this year, to perform a Tiny Desk Concert—the 300th episode in the series of intimate sets at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. He and his band perform three songs—”Tamiditine,” “Her Tenere,” and “Imuhar”—from his new album, Nomad.
Boilen, praising Bombino’s “fierce, hypnotic guitar playing” and “amazing jams,” also recognizes a “familiarity in his music stems from the blues,” with connections to Jimi Hendrix, and “a sense of simple, honest discovery that shows up in his smile as he plays.” You can read more of what Boilen has to say at npr.org and watch the performance below.
Bombino, currently touring Europe, will return to the States later that month to launch the next leg of his tour, which will extend into December. For details and tickets, visit the tour page.
Posted by bombinomusic | Sep. 5, 2013
Bombino has performed an intimate, acoustic version of the song “Amidinine,” off his new album, Nomad, for the Guardian's How I wrote … series. He discusses the roots of the song, the title of which translates to “My Friend,” and is joined by band mate Ibrahim Atchinguil Emoud on djembe to perform it:
Posted by bombinomusic | Sep. 5, 2013
Posted by bombinomusic | Aug. 14, 2013
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Posted by bombinomusic | Aug. 1, 2013
Bombino’s US tour brought the band back to Brooklyn for a sold-out set at Brooklyn Bowl Tuesday night, and the New York Times music critic Jon Pareles was there to review it.
"The most direct route for African music to reach American listeners is via the dance floor, which was full and overjoyed when Bombino, a Tuareg guitarist and songwriter born in Niger, brought his band to Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday night," writes Pareles in the review. "Bombino and his three band members wore desert robes and turbans; he sang in his native language, Tamashek, and thanked the audience between songs in French. But it looked like ethnomusicological curiosity mattered far less to the audience than Bombino’s pithy, incantatory electric guitar lines and the band’s perpetual grooves. By the end of the set, their robes were drenched in sweat."
Read the complete concert review at nytimes.com.
Posted by bombinomusic | Jul. 31, 2013
Bombino’s US tour brought him and the band to the famed Newport Folk Festival this past Sunday, and NPR Music was there. “A young, Niger-born Tuareg guitarist inspired by the wizardry of Saharan rock bands like Tinariwen, Omar Moctar (a.k.a. Bombino) has helped make African music more relatable to U.S., thanks to both his own instrumental gifts and to collaborators like The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who produced Bombino’s new album, Nomad,” writes NPR’s Stephen Thompson, “[T]here’s a hypnotic kick to his music that transcends barriers of language and geography.” Watch his Newport performance of the song “Kammou Taliat (You, My Beloved),” off his 2011 Cumbancha album, Agadez, below, and listen to the complete set at npr.org/music.
Relix has published a feature profile of Bombino, in which the Tuareg guitarist, singer, and songwriter discusses his early years, his introduction to the guitar, working with producer Dan Auerbach on Nomad, and more.
"With the help of Auerbach and his studio wizardry," writes Relix's Sam Davis, “Bombino churned out an album that successfully bridges the Ishumar style with those of his blues and rock heroes: snarling guitar lines lasso Tuareg chants while Eastern rhythms and clanging percussion instruments transform traditional African melodies into quasi-psychedelic journeys. He hopes that his music will bring wider attention to the problems occurring in the Sahel region of Africa and, in doing so, will bring to light the injustices that continue to plague the territory.”
Read the complete article at relix.com.
Bombino on NPR’s “World Cafe”; Rolling Stone Names Him Artist to Watch, “Nomad” Among Year’s Best So Far
Posted by bombinomusic | Jul. 25, 2013
Bombino has returned to the United States for the latest leg in his tour supporting his new Dan Auerbach–produced album, Nomad, giving a free concert in Brooklyn as part of the BAM Rhythm and Blues Festival today, then heading the FloydFest and the Newport Folk Festival this weekend before returning to Brooklyn for a show at Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, July 30. The current US tour continues through August 10. For details, visit the tour page.
Bombino was the guest on NPR’s World Cafe yesterday. On the show, he spoke with host David Dye about the new album and performed intimate solo takes on two tracks off the album: “Amidinine” and “Tamiditine.” “Bombino’s explosively exciting desert-guitar sound somehow fit perfectly with Auerbach’s rock/funk/kitchen-sink aesthetic,” says the show of Nomad, “making for an album that’s both thrilling and hypnotic.” Listen to the World Cafe episode at npr.org.
Rolling Stone has just named Bombino an Artist to Watch. “Electrifying guitarist Bombino traveled from Tuareg to Dan Auerbach’s Nashville studio last year, where the Niger-bred musician crafted his hypnotic new album, Nomad, with help from the Black Keys’ frontman,” writes Rolling Stone’s John D. Luerssen. “The album’s expansive first single and video, ‘Azamane Tiliade,’ leans toward the artist’s hero, Jimi Hendrix, with its psychedelic presentation and inventive licks.” Read more and watch the “Azamane Tiliade” video at rollingstone.com.
The magazine has also included Nomad on its Best Albums of 2013 Mid-Year Report. “Meet your new guitar hero: Omara ‘Bombino’ Moctar, a firebrand from Niger with a soulful, fuzzy sound that expands on traditional roots music,” the magazine exclaims. “Produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, the album is all about detail, with vibraphone, lapsteel and hand claps placed just right to pierce the psychedelic swirl.” Read more at rollingstone.com.
Nomad is also included among the Best Albums of 2013 So Far according to the Los Angeles Times. “A shimmering electric guitar record that no fan of the instrument should miss, Nomad … is, well, perfect,” raves music critic Randall Roberts. “Overflowing with sonic and lyrical joy, the record, produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach in Nashville, continues to grow with each listen. Fans of Jimi Hendrix and Amadou & Miriam alike can connect through Bombino.” Read more at latimes.com.