Saturday, September 21, 2013

CD Review: Bombino Gets Help From The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach On "Nomad"

From Niger, Africa comes one of the most unique rock bands that you will ever fall in love with. Bombino is the brainchild of Tuareg guitarist/singer Omara "Bombino" Moctar. In 2007, the Tuareg Rebellion forced Bombino in exile which put his recording career on hold even before it started. He was able to return in 2010 to record his debut album "Agadez," which debuted in the top five of iTunes World Chart. This album caught the ear of The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who would go on to produce his latest release "Nomad." Released back in April, the album entered the iTunes World Chart and Billboard World Chart at #1.
Even though the album is sung in his native language of Tamashek, the music is so addictive that you find yourself hooked on the guitar grooves of "Amidinine" and "Imuhar." Auerbach lends a hand playing bass on the two-minute free form rock of "Niamey Jam," then Bombino adds a little Middle-Eastern flavor to his rock sound on "Adinat." One of the tracks to stand out is the country gallop of "Imidiwan," before closing the album with the smooth blues of, "Tamiditine."
Bombino is currently on tour in Europe for the next couple months after opening for Robert Plant on his most recent U.S. tour. To find out more about this truly unique artist, please visit

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