Saturday, April 30
7pm Doors / 8pm Show
The Imperial, 319 Main St.
Tickets $25 plus service charges. No Minors.
Co-Presented with Live Nation. With Opening act “Live Good Tooth”
DOORS 7PM, SHOW 8PM. Bombino on-stage at 9pm.
For centuries, the desert town of Agadez has served as a converging point for the great camel caravans driven by the Tuareg that link West Africa with North Africa and the Mediterranean. Born in 1980 at a nomadic camp near this dusty outpost, the young guitarist and songwriter Omara “Bombino” Moctar was raised during an era of armed struggles for Tuareg independence and violent suppression by government forces. not to mention rock and blues icons such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Page.
Bombino is releasing a new album in April 2016 called “AZEL”. This album is a reflection of Bombino’s unique place in Tuareg music where he at once honors the traditional roots of the music while also taking it into brand new territory. AZEL is the name of a small desert town just a few kilometers from where he grew up, in Agadez, Niger. His wife’s family is from Azel, and it is the site of the first and only Tuareg school in the country. The album reflects a new style Bombino is pioneering that he affectionately calls ‘Tuareggae’ – a sunny blend of Tuareg blues/rock with reggae one-drop and bounce. Another element is the first-ever use of Western vocal harmonies in recorded Tuareg music (due to Longstreth’s influence), which give the songs new depth and color. Finally, the band behind him is tighter and more energetic than ever before. Don’t miss this remarkable artist sharing his cultural journey with the world!
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ARTIST WEBSITE: www.bombinomusic.com