“The elfin-featured Bombino rocks like a Saharan Santana. The production is close to perfect: not too sweet, not too harsh, neither monotonous or gimmicky. Agadez heralds a new star on those inifinte desert horizons.”
Omara "Bombino" Moctar, a young Tuareg guitarist and songwriter, was raised during an era of armed struggles for independence and violent suppression by government forces. His electrifying jams capture the spirit of resistance and rebellion while echoing with guitar riffs reminiscent of fellow Africans Tinariwen T
and Ali Farka Touré not to mention rock and blues icons such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Page. With the release of Agadez in 2011 on Cumbancha Discovery, Bombino's stature as one of Africa's hottest young guitarists was revealed to the world. He has since gone on to become an iconic African guitarist, working with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, opening for Robert Plant and earning a GRAMMY nomination in 2018.