A guitar virtuoso from Niger coming for the first time in Tromsø!
Omara “Bombino” Moctar ranks among the most remarkable and important performers of the electric guitar in the world today. The influence from the desert blues of Bombino, along with the Tuareg legends in Tinariwen, is rapidly expanding. His style – lightning quick, elastic and deeply musical – is simply too infectious not to borrow from, much in the same way that Bombino himself watched videos of guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler in the 90’s, searching for tricks to “steal”, melding it with the limb rhythms and phrasing found in Tuareg music. His sounds and ideas have become an influence on indie artists like Dirty Projectors today. David Longreth from said band produced Bombinos “Azel” from 2016. On the one before that, Dan Auberbach from Black Keys had the same role. But no matter the producer, the end result is all about Bombinos singular musical vision. In 2018, his latest studio album to date, “Deran”, was nominated for a Grammy award (Best World Music Album), the first-ever Grammy nomination for an artist from Niger.
His latest album, ‘Live In Amsterdam’ was recorded at a performance in November 2019 and released in November 2020 (Partisan Records). It is a vibrant recording of the artist and his band, on top of their game. Bombino dedicated the album to his dear friend and bandmate Illias Mohamed who tragically passed away just a few weeks before the release of the album. The concert in Amsterdam from which the album was made was one of Illias’ final performances. Regardless of the challenges life throws at him, Bombino marches ever forward on his mission to use music to spread love, understanding, and the beauty of Tuareg culture throughout the world. Bombino is for the first time coming to Tromsø. It’s going to be pleasure to host him