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Bombino
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Omara Moctar – Bombino - is one of the great guitar players and performers in the Sahara and Sahel regions of Africa and he has a cult like following.
He was born in 1980 into a family of nomadic Tuareg herders living in the region of Agadez, Niger at the edge of the Sahara. His childhood was spent learning the survival skills necessary to a nomadic lifestyle. In the Tuareg community education is at the center of all activities and the desert is the university. When Bombino was barely 12 years old, his family took refuge in Tamanrasset, Algeria, to escape the hostilities related to the outbreak of the first Tuareg rebellion. In that same year, he picked up his first guitar.
In 1993 his family returned to Niger, where Tuareg guitar was a new phenomenon but forbidden by the authorities. Despite this ban, Bombino’s uncle encouraged his new interest. Guided by an instinct of curiosity the young boy hung around a music school, hoping to benefit from the lessons others were
receiving. It did not take long for him to become passionate about playing music. Bombino later travelled to Algeria and Libya where he met professional musicians and for the first time heard the music of Ali Farka Toure’, Jimi Hendrix and others. He began learning some blues and rock and started to integrate it
with the traditional music he grew up with.
The return of peace to Niger saw the lifting of the music ban and the musicians of the Niger Tuareg music scene were finally able to play together in Agadez. He now understood that his life as “a musician and eternal learner” was his destiny. Bombino’s music career began by serving as a cook and troubadour, travelling with tour groups visiting the magnificent dunes of the Sahara Desert, near Agadez. In 1998, Hasso Akotey created the group, Tidawt, with whom Bombino played for three years. In 2003 Bombino released his first CD, “Agamgam”, recorded in a dry river bed in the Niger bush. In 2006 he travelled with Tidawt, to perform in California. While there he was invited to record the song “Hey, Negrita” with Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones.
In 2006, he traveled with Angelina Jolie for a week while she toured the Agadez region. He played the music of the Tuareg and told her the stories of nomadic life in the Sahara.
Returning to the US in June 2009 he began recording a new CD. While there he packed the house and rocked the Boston music scene at the legendary Johnny D’s outside of Boston. He also played for a benefit for Rain for the Sahel and Sahara, an American non-profit organization developing agriculture, water and educational programs in Niger.
In January, 2010, the Sultan of Agadez granted Bombino permission to stage a concert outside the Grande Mosque of Agadez - the first time such an event was allowed (filmed by ZeroGravity Films). A thousand people showed up, and after three years of rebellions, drought and a devastating flood, Agadez found a reason to celebrate. His soaring guitar solos brought the entire crowd to their feet dancing.
For many centuries the Tuareg have connected West Africa and the Mediterranean with culture and goods running their camel caravans across the Sahara Desert. Today, they are struggling to adapt to a modern world in which their nomadic lifestyle is threatened. Bombino is the new generation of Tuareg.
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