North African Desert Rock
Grammy-nominated virtuoso guitarist Bombino was dubbed "the Sultan of Shred" by the New York Times last year, a nickname that has since been adopted around the world. Bombino was born in Niger in an encampment of nomadic Tuaregs, recognized as warriors, traders and travelers of the Sahara Desert. Four thousand years of living in a hostile environment taught the Tuareg people that the will to survive with dignity intact is stronger than any external threat. Bombino puts that sentiment to music, writes its anthem, and gives it a life of its own. He is emblematic of the next generation of Tuareg, a new voice of the Sahara and Sahel, fusing blues and traditional Berber rhythms with the energy of rock and roll and songs about peace.