Desert blues-man Bombino has been generating excitement with his distinctive twist on the Sahel-zone sound made famous by Mali’s Tinariwen since the release of his 2011 debut Agadez. On his newest effort Nomad the Niger-based guitarist teams up with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys in Nashville, Tennessee (of all places) to hone a harder and more modern edge to his sound. Okayafrica comes with an in-depth review, including the video for “Azamane Tiliade,” as well as a making-of trailer which gives us a look into the album’s creative process–get a taste below and then click through to OKA for more:
Not simply a collection of good tracks, Nomad — the latest album from Bombino — transplants its listeners to a wild journey into the depths of an 11-track Saharan desert. This is a musical desert barren of everything but life’s two essentials: psychedelics and soul. A tour guide through his compositions, Bombino’s guitar-powered emotion transcends language as the principle form of direction on Nomad. As such, it doesn’t matter whether or not one speaks the Tuareg tongue of the maestro in order to wander inside his adventurous world.