Recently I came a cross some great sounds while browsing the web for new music. I randomly started a song, while doing other stuff at the same time… And this one song stopped me from working and caught my attention.
What I say in my imagination while listening to this song?
Motor bikes, persian carpets, dessert sand, guitars and men wearing leather jackets… (no I had not seen the album cover yet at that moment!)
It’s the artist Omara Bombino I’m talking about. He’s an internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and singer-songwriter from Agadez, Niger. His music is sung in the Tuareg language of Tamashek.
His latest album is called ‘Nomad’. An album with the classic cultural sounds from the sahara with raw electric guitars. The fact that it’s African/Arabic music wasn’t the only reason why it caught my attention. The sound of the guitars had something familiar.. something ‘Black Keys’ like. And so I started reading articles about this artist and found out his 2nd album Nomad (1st solo album is called Agadez) was signed by the record label Nonesuchrecords and he teamed up with Dan Auerbach, better know as vocalist and guitarist of ‘The Black Keys’. That explains a lot!
Although Bombino sings in a language we don’t speak or understand, the songs are really catchy with an up beat tempo and great sound.
Go check their songs out here!