This is the first time I’ve shared music on this blog, but I plan on making this a regular feature. Some of my favorite blogs purely post mp3s. I will cultivate my favorite tracks and post them here with links back if you feel inspired to download or learn more.
The following track comes from northern Niger, in a little city called Agadez. The city is extremely isolated and filled with refugees that fled other parts of the country to avoid violence in the Tuareg Rebellion. (The Tuaregs are a nomadic people of the northern Saharan desert. They also happen to make brilliant, political music.)
Here’s a blurb from the awesome record label, Sublime Frequencies, that released this track on a full length LP in 2008:
Group Bombino is the latest salvo from the Agadez music scene. Led by the guitar virtuoso Omara Mochtar (Bombino), the group’s debut LP — Volume two in the Guitars from Agadez series — represents the latest chapter in the modern sound of the Tuareg revolution. As of 2008, the Tuareg rebellion is in full force again, and Bombino is in exile to parts unknown. Agadez has been cut off from the rest of Niger. The only road that connects this legendary city with the rest of the country is littered with land mines and the only escorts are the military. This music and its messages of hope, justice, and desire for validation of the Kel Tamachek way of life ring louder than ever. Group Bombino are gaining mythic status in and around the Tuareg community for their incendiary live performances.
Enjoy this joyful music from one of the many war-torn regions of the world.
Group Bombino – Imuhar