Bombino Returns to North America this Fall!

October 26, 2011 — 

Hot off the heels of a two month European tour, North African guitar phenomenon Bombino is setting the stage for his second North American tour this November and December. His debut this side of the Atlantic in July was met with a string of sold-out shows and rave reviews. It also included appearances at the Hollywood Bowl alongsideStevie Wonder and at the Dave Matthew's Caravan festival in Chicago. His signature desert rock guitar riffs are amplified by a deeply charismatic stage presence. 


If you didn't get to witness the trance-inducing energy of Bombino this past summer now is your chance!


Fusing the distinct sounds of Western blues and rock with the traditional Tuareg music of the Sahara Desert, Bombino is the newest titan of African guitar alongside the likes of Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré. Raised during a period of resistance and rebellion, Bombino's music reflects both the strife of warfare and a great sense of hope and optimism for the Tuareg people. The story of Bombino and his people's struggle for self-determination was told in the moving film Agadez, the Music & the Rebellion, and his Cumbancha album Agadez reached #1 on the iTunes World sales charts and the top 10 in the Billboard World Music sales charts.



"A great guitarist is like a giant vacuum that sucks you in so quickly you’re in a new place before you know it. Very, very few do that for me – Hendrix, Mark Knopfler and Tom Verlaine of Television did that in my early, formative music years – but Bombino (noticeably influenced by the first two on that list) has that strong transporting quality. He was one of the best guitarists I’ve ever seen in concert, and he and his tight, rhythmic band gave one of the best world music shows I’ve ever been to." - Brent Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press

"He layers acoustic and electric guitar parts, undergirded by syncopated clapping, hand percussion, and lean bass lines, to form a rhythmically intricate lattice of propulsive licks, acid stabs, and snaking leads. Bombino's clenched, nasal singing perfectly complements the restrained, meditative music, leaping out of the hypnotizing grooves with the force of a spell caster's incantations." - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

"He is clearly a young performer with the charisma and probing imagination to become the first Tuareg star. There's no resisting his headlong, six-string rave-ups." - Milo Miles, NPR's Fresh Air



11-26-2011 Montreal, QC
11-28-2011 Northhampton, MA
11-29-2011 New York, NY
11-30-2011 Somerville, MA
12-02-2011 Washington, DC
12-03-2011 Port Washington, NY
12-06-2011 Los Angeles, CA
12-09-2011 San Francisco, CA
12-10-2011 Portland, OR
12-11-2011 Seattle, WA
12-13-2011 Mexico City, Mexico