Bombino Biography & News
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As a now 34-year-old guitarist and singer from Niger, West Africa, Bombino remains an artist who continues to stand out in the crowd. In fact, critics and fans alike are raving over his ability to stay relevant in a field of musicians churning out the "desert blues."
Each of Bombino's three albums critics have called 'hard driving gems.' Most memorable was last year's "Nomad," which was Bombino's major-label debut on Warner Brothers imprint Nonesuch, produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. It landed on many year-end bests lists, including those from NPR, Rolling Stone, the CBC and iTunes.
Many will agree that Bombino sounds even better vocally as his career progresses, and he's been heralded for his work on the six-string compared to other blues artists like Tinariwen and Etran Finatawa. He recently told Rolling Stone, "I don't like to use a lot of effects or things like that, like a lot of guitarists. I like the pure, almost natural sound. It doesn't matter much which guitar I am playing. Now I play a Cort guitar that I really love. But usually I just plug it into the Fender amp and the sound that comes out is my sound."
Fans have had plenty of opportunities lately to hear Bombino live. He had a huge North American tour in 2014 that included stops at Coachella, New Orleans JazzFest, Austin Psych Fest, Tulsa Roots Music Bash and more. The live gigs rolled right through into 2015, so get your Bombino tickets now.
Bombino claims an international spotlight
Not many musicians have a story like that of Omara "Bombino" Moctar, a young Tuareg guitarist and songwriter raised during a time of armed struggles for independence and violent suppression by government forces.
Though the power of music, Bombino was said to have captured the spirit of the resistance. His guitar riffs have been compared not only to fellow Africans Tinariwen and Ali Farka Toure, but also to rock and blues icons like Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Page. And quickly, oh so quickly, he became a superstar in the Tuareg community thanks to the release of the 2011 album "Agadez." Just like that, Bombino became one of Africa's most revered young artists.
The success of his debut album pushed Bombino into the international spotlight. He next worked with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who began producing Bombino's sophomore album "Nomad." It was released by Nonesuch Records on April 2, 2013 and debuted at No. 1 on both the iTunes World Chart and Billboard World Chart.
Bombino began a concert tour of the United States in May 2013 which included stops at several major music festivals, including Bonnaroo and The Newport Folk Festival. He was also invited to open for Amadou & Mariam, Gogul Bordello and Robert Plant.
In 2014, Bombino has been tapped to play the Festival International de Louisiane alongside headliners like Radio Radio, the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars and Tinariwen. The Festival is officially scheduled for April 23 through April 27, though some events begin April 21.
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Bombino Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 03/12/2015 Meeniyan Vic Meeniyan Hall 03/09/2015 Adelaide SA Botanic Park 03/06/2015 Adelaide SA Botanic Park 03/05/2015 Sydney Nsw The Basement 03/01/2015 Darwin NT The Railway Club 02/27/2015 Edge Hill Qld Tanks Arts Centre 02/06/2015 Oslo 03 Cosmopolite 02/04/2015 Zurich ZH Moods 01/30/2015 Fontaine B5 La Source 01/29/2015 Glasgow Rfw O2 ABC Glasgow
Bombino Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 09/30/2014 Lausanne VD Le Romandie 09/26/2014 Borgerhout Van De Roma 09/25/2014 Paris New Morning 09/14/2014 El Prado NM Taos Mesa Brewing Company 09/12/2014 Telluride CO Telluride Town Park 09/11/2014 Chicago IL Millenium Park - Chicago 09/10/2014 Columbus OH Wexner Center for the Arts 09/07/2014 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 09/06/2014 Bethlehem NH Colonial Theatre 09/05/2014 Cambridge MA The Sinclair 09/04/2014 Rockland ME The Strand Theatre 08/31/2014 San Francisco CA The Independent 08/07/2014 Wurzburg Mainwiese 07/18/2014 Donegal McGrory's 07/14/2014 San Gimignano Piazza Duomo 07/10/2014 Quebec City QC D'Youville Square 07/06/2014 Milwaukee WI Summerfest 07/03/2014 Ottawa ON Lebreton Flats 07/03/2014 Quebec QC Plains of Abraham 07/03/2014 Portland OR Tom McCall Waterfront Park 07/01/2014 Montreal QC Club Soda 06/30/2014 Toronto ON Harbourfront Centre 06/26/2014 Rothbury MI Double JJ Ranch 06/24/2014 Zagreb Jarun 06/03/2014 Sesto San Giovanni Milan Carroponte 05/31/2014 Catania Mercati Generali 05/29/2014 Dudingen FR Bad Bonn 05/24/2014 Aulnay-sous-Bois Le Cap 05/03/2014 Austin TX Carson Creek Ranch 05/02/2014 Austin TX Carson Creek Ranch 05/01/2014 Birmingham AL Workplay Theatre 04/30/2014 Atlanta GA Smiths Olde Bar 04/24/2014 New Orleans LA House of Blues New Orleans 04/24/2014 New Orleans LA House of Blues New Orleans 04/22/2014 Las Vegas NV Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas 04/21/2014 Las Vegas NV Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas 04/18/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/16/2014 Portland OR Roseland Theater 04/15/2014 Oakland CA The New Parish 04/14/2014 Mill Valley CA Sweetwater Music Hall 04/12/2014 Phoenix AZ Musical Instrument Museum 04/11/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/10/2014 Aspen CO Belly Up Aspen 04/08/2014 Denver CO Larimer Lounge 02/23/2014 Arnhem Gelderland Luxor Live 01/12/2014 Melbourne Vic The Corner Hotel
Bombino Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/06/2013 New York NY Carnegie Hall - Zankel Hall 12/05/2013 Philadelphia PA The Blockley 12/03/2013 Washington DC The Hamilton 12/02/2013 Providence RI Columbus Theatre 12/01/2013 Cambridge MA The Sinclair 11/30/2013 Montreal QC Centre Phi 11/29/2013 Burnstown ON Neat Coffee Shop 11/28/2013 Toronto ON Measure 11/27/2013 Pittsburgh PA Thunderbird Cafe 11/24/2013 Ferndale MI Magic Bag 11/23/2013 Chicago IL Martyrs' 11/22/2013 Louisville KY The New Vintage 11/21/2013 Nashville TN Exit In 11/20/2013 Asheville NC Lipinsky Auditorium 11/14/2013 Montorio Romano Palladium 11/12/2013 Massy A1 CENTRE CULTUREL PAUL BAILLIART 11/10/2013 La Rochelle B7 La Sirene 11/09/2013 Angers Maine-et-loire Le Chabada 11/04/2013 Thornaby on Tees Dal ARC 11/03/2013 Hoe Hill Lin BARTON THE ROPEWALK 11/01/2013 Manchester Gtm Band on the Wall 10/30/2013 Clitheroe Lan The Grand 10/27/2013 Coventry Wmd Warwick Arts Centre 10/26/2013 Southampton Sth Turner Sims Concert Hall 10/25/2013 London London Purcell Room 10/24/2013 Helsinki Tavastia 10/20/2013 Utrecht Utrecht Tivoli de Helling 10/19/2013 Haarlem ?? Patronaat 10/18/2013 Antwerp Antwerp Muziekcentrum Trix 10/17/2013 Tilburg NB 013 09/12/2013 Bergen Kvarteret 09/04/2013 Paris Ville De Paris Cite de la Musique 08/14/2013 Paredes de Coura Paredes 08/10/2013 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 08/09/2013 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 08/09/2013 San Francisco CA The Independent 07/30/2013 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 07/28/2013 Newport RI Fort Adams State Park 07/26/2013 Newport RI Fort Adams State Park 07/26/2013 Floyd VA Floydfest Grounds 07/26/2013 Newport RI Fort Adams State Park 07/25/2013 Floyd VA Floydfest Grounds 07/25/2013 Brooklyn NY WBAI 99.5 FM at The Commons 07/24/2013 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 07/21/2013 Greenfield MA Greenfield Community College 07/20/2013 Greenfield MA Greenfield Community College 07/12/2013 Louisville KY Louisville Waterfront Park 07/12/2013 Winnipeg MB Birds Hill Provincial Park 07/07/2013 Rotterdam Zuiderpark 07/05/2013 Roskilde Zealand Roskilde Festival 07/02/2013 Karlsruhe Baden-wurttemberg Tollhaus 06/21/2013 Boonville CA Mendocino County Fairgrounds 06/21/2013 Brooklyn NY Prospect Park 06/18/2013 Washington DC 9:30 Club 06/18/2013 Washington DC 9:30 Club 06/16/2013 Toronto ON Luminato Festival Venue 06/16/2013 Toronto ON David Pecaut Square 06/14/2013 Manchester TN Sonic Stage 06/13/2013 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 06/12/2013 Madison WI Majestic Theatre 06/11/2013 Minneapolis MN Cedar Cultural Center 06/09/2013 Chicago IL Martyrs' 06/07/2013 Indianapolis IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre 06/04/2013 Tulsa OK Cain's Ballroom 05/30/2013 Ozark AR Mulberry Mountain 05/29/2013 Aspen CO Belly Up Aspen 05/25/2013 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 05/24/2013 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 05/03/2013 Brugge Vwv Cactus Muziekcentrum 04/25/2013 London Lnd Village Underground 04/14/2013 Utrecht Utrecht Tivoli de Helling 04/13/2013 The Hague Nbr Paard Van Troje 04/12/2013 Amsterdam ?? Melkweg 04/11/2013 Nijmegen GE Doornroosje 04/10/2013 Brussels Bru Ancienne Belgique 04/09/2013 Groningen ?? De Oosterpoort
Bombino Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 11/16/2012 Toulouse Salle Nougaro 11/15/2012 Pau La Centrifugeuse 11/11/2012 Nice B8 B Spot 11/10/2012 Nimes A9 Paloma 11/09/2012 Dijon Cote-d'or La Vapeur 11/08/2012 Dijon Cote-d'or La Vapeur 11/07/2012 Stockholm ?? Sodra Teatern 11/02/2012 Paris Ville De Paris Salle Pleyel 10/27/2012 Lisbon B'leza 10/26/2012 Barcelona City Hall 09/22/2012 Albuquerque NM Globalquerque 09/21/2012 Albuquerque NM Globalquerque 09/20/2012 El Prado NM Taos Mesa Brewing Company 09/18/2012 Los Angeles CA The Mint 09/17/2012 Oakland CA Yoshi'S San Francisco 09/15/2012 Hamilton ON Supercrawl Festival 09/14/2012 Toronto ON The Rivoli 09/13/2012 Waterloo ON Starlight Social Club 09/12/2012 Laval QC Salle Andre-Mathieu 09/10/2012 Montreal QC Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre 09/07/2012 Somerville MA Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Music Club 09/06/2012 New York NY Highline Ballroom 09/04/2012 Washington DC Kennedy Center 09/01/2012 Seattle WA Seattle Center 05/02/2012 Atlanta GA Five Spot 04/09/2012 New York NY Highline Ballroom
Bombino Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 12/09/2011 San Francisco CA Mezzanine 12/02/2011 Washington DC Black Cat