I was browsing the NPR Music site today when I came across a sound so unique, so individualistic and so captivating, that I had to post about it immediately on TheGuitarBuzz.
From NPR: The Tuareg people of Saharan Africa have a fine music scene on their hands. In the years since these desert nomads picked up the electric guitar in the early 1980s, rebellious guitarists have given birth to what the West has come to call desert blues: an ultra-repetitive, almost meditative facsimile of psychedelic rock.Omara “Bombino” Moctar, a 31-year-old guitarist from Niger, is the latest Tuareg phenomenon to graduate from local cassettes to internationally available CDs.
His first album on an American record label, 2009’s excellent Guitars From Agadez, Vol. 2, was patched together from performances recorded live in the desert. It was one of the finest albums of any kind released that year, but you couldn’t help wondering what it would sound like if these extraordinary musicians were given a chance to ply their trade in an actual studio.
Those questions have been answered with Agadez, Bombino’s entrancing new album, out April 19. American filmmaker Ron Wyman encountered Bombino while traveling near Agadez, a Tuareg metropolis in northern Niger. Wyman says he was blown away by the cassettes he heard and asked Bombino to come to Cambridge, Mass., to record at his home studio. They later finished the album in Niger.
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To read the rest of the story, click over to NPR.
Better hurry, for a limited time the entire album can be previewed for free. Thanks NPR!