Charting our top 10 world music lists for over a month now, Bombino’s newest album, “Agadez” chronicles the Tuareg people’s struggle for peace in Sub- Saharan Africa. Originating from this nomadic tribe, more formerly known as the Kel Tamasheq, Bombino speaks from the soul. For thousands of years, his people have been oppressed by larger and more powerful religious groups in the region. This oppression ultimately led Bombino himself to be exiled from his home in Agadez, a region in Western Niger. His sound is reminiscent of other gypsy music from Eastern Europe and North Africa, yet listen closely for the western influences of Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page with his skilled use of the electric guitar. Laidback and easy to listen to, his new album will put you in a bohemian trance that will make any long drive fly by.
Adounia, meaning “life”, the third track from “Agadez”, released on April 19th, 2011 from Cumbancha records.