A new album by Tuareg-by-way-of-Niger guitarist, Omara Moctar, known worldwide simply as “Bombino,” is always a cause for celebration. As one of the rare musicians—“world” or otherwise—appreciated by crowds local and abroad and by fellow musicians, Bombino makes a variation of the desert blues, invented by the Tuareg, that draws equally from classic rock and reggae. The result is a wild yet accessible traversing of 60 years of rock and blues history, often within the span of a single song.
Premiering today is the first single off of Deran, “Tehigren.” Tehigren starts as a plaintive reggae groove before lurching into overdrive around the two and a half minute mark, ending with a singular guitar freak-out. It sounds like no one but Bombino and it is glorious. The song, he says, is one he “started to write about two years ago, more or less, while on tour with the band. It is in the style of what we call ‘Tuareggae’ which is an even mix of Tuareg traditional melody and guitar with reggae drums and bass.
The song is about my own struggle with being on the road all the time, away from my home. It is a nostalgic song, remembering the beauty of my home. For this reason it has always brought me joy to play when I am far from Niger. But of course to play it for my people in my home country, this is an exceptional feeling.
— Via Noisey
5/9/2018 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
7/3/2018 – Toronto, ONT – Lee’s Palace
7/6/2018 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
7/10/2018 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
7/11/2018 – Baltimore, MD – Creative Alliance
7/12/2018 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton Live
7/13/2018 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
7/15/2018 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
7/18/2018 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
7/20/2018 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
7/21/2018 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe