Despite being raised on Hendrix and Knopfler, Omara 'Bombino' Moctar breathes new life onto his strings with the mission to earnestly share the beauty of Tuareg culture with others.
The first-ever GRAMMY-nominated artist from Niger was raised amidst governmental violence and persecution, and the force of resistance is brought out in each one of his electrifying riffs. Now, he releases Sahel via Partisan Records, his first full album in over five years. The album was was produced by David Wrench (David Byrne, Frank Ocean, Caribou, The xx) and was recorded at Studio HIBA in Casablanca, Morocco. Tune in below.
Bombino performs live at Le Guess Who? 2023 on Saturday, 11 November, as part of the program curated by Stereolab, which also features Nala Sinephro, James Holden, Irreversible Entanglements, Bitchin Bajas, Yama Warashi, and more.