Tuareg guitarist and singer Omara “Bombino” Moctar made his Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Nomad in 2013, with the help from 2013 Grammy Award-winning Producer of the Year Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at his Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music album chart and iTunes World chart and has earned rave reviews from top media outlets around the world…

Bombino is a member of the Tuareg Ifoghas tribe, a nomadic people descended from the Berbers of North Africa; for centuries they have fought against colonialism and the imposition of strict Islamic rule. During his lifetime, the Tuareg people have fought the Niger government to secure their rights on numerous occasions, causing Bombino and his family to flee several times.

While living in Algeria and Libya in his teen years, Bombino’s friends played him videos of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler, among others, which they watched over and over in an effort to master their licks. Bombino worked regularly as a musician and also as a herder in the desert near Tripoli, spending many hours alone watching the animals and practicing his guitar.

He recalls the time he’s spent in the desert and those he has left behind during the upheavals that repeatedly sent him and his family into exile. It’s through the sound of his work, at least initially, that Bombino communicates with listeners outside his homeland. His simple but evocative lyrics are sung in the Tamasheck language of the Tuareg people of Niger.

“When those guys get in front of you and Bombino is playing electric guitar, you don’t have to be in the desert. They will transform wherever they are. That’s what’s amazing about Bombino.”  – Dan Auerbach – The Black Keys

Bombino returns to Australia in early 2015 for a run of Festival dates and one Sydney sideshow!


Feb 25th – Perth Festival, WA

Feb 27th – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Feb 28th – Verrierdale Full Moon Party, Verrierdale QLD

March 1st – Railway Club, Darwin, NT

March 5th – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

March 6th – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA

March 7th – Panama Festival, Galconda, TAS

March 8th – Golden Plains Festival, Meredith, VIC

March 9th – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA

March 11th – Brunswick Music Festival, Brunswick, VIC

March 12th – Meeniyan Hall, Meeniyan, VIC


March 14th & March 15th- WOMAD NZ, New Plymouth, NZ