Bombino Performs on Rai 3’s “Che Tempo Che Fa”


Bombino was a guest on Che Tempo Che Fa, last night on Italy’s Rai 3. He and his band performed “Imuhar,” from his 2013 album, Nomad. Among the show’s other guests was none other than Jay Leno. You can watch the performance below.

Bombino is currently touring Europe; for details and tickets, visit the tour page.

"Nomad" Named to NPR Music, Rolling Stone Year-End Best Lists


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

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

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

Live at The Hamilton in Washington, DC, December 3, 2013. Shot by

NPR Tiny Desk Concert

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 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.

Guardian “How I Wrote …” Series: Amidinine

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:  

Bombino Nominated for MOBO Award

Bombino has been nominated for a MOBO Award in the “Best African Act” category. Voting is open to the public, so you can pick your favorite at mobo.comThe winners will be announced at the award ceremony in Glasgow on October 19, marking the awards’ 18th anniversary. 

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New York Times Reviews Brooklyn Bowl Show

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

Newport Folk Festival 2013 - NPR Music

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

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

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