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Bombino's "Nomad" "A Landmark in African Rock Music," Says NPR's All Things Considered

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2013
    Bombino's "Nomad" "A Landmark in African Rock Music," Says NPR's All Things Considered

    Tuareg guitarist, singer, and songwriter Omara “Bombino” Moctar's new album, Nomad, released yesterday on Nonesuch Records, was featured last night on NPR's All Things Considered, which calls the album "a landmark in African rock music."

    All Things Considered reviewer Banning Eyre, senior editor at afropop.org, says the album's producer, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, "has done nothing to dilute Bombino's folksy, organic songs. Instead, he's given them sonic heft rarely heard on African guitar recordings and added a few tasteful Nashville touches, like lap steel guitar." The album was recorded at Auerbach's Nashville studio Easy Eye Sound.

    Eyre concludes: "This is a seductive, friendly album. It doesn't pander with gimmicks or English lyrics, but it manages to bring a distant, Islamic culture unexpectedly close through the universal language of rock and roll."

    Listen to the complete review at npr.org.

    To pick up a copy of Nomad, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include an instant download of the album at checkout.

on April 3, 2013 - 3:03pm
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Bombino's new album, Nomad, was featured on NPR's All Things Considered, which calls it "a landmark in African rock music." Reviewer Banning Eyre says producer Dan Auerbach "has done nothing to dilute Bombino's folksy, organic songs. Instead, he's given them sonic heft rarely heard on African guitar recordings and added a few tasteful Nashville touches, like lap steel guitar." Eyre concludes: "This is a seductive, friendly album. It doesn't pander with gimmicks or English lyrics, but it manages to bring a distant, Islamic culture unexpectedly close through the universal language of rock and roll."

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Tuareg guitarist, singer, and songwriter Omara “Bombino” Moctar's new album, Nomad, released yesterday on Nonesuch Records, was featured last night on NPR's All Things Considered, which calls the album "a landmark in African rock music."

All Things Considered reviewer Banning Eyre, senior editor at afropop.org, says the album's producer, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, "has done nothing to dilute Bombino's folksy, organic songs. Instead, he's given them sonic heft rarely heard on African guitar recordings and added a few tasteful Nashville touches, like lap steel guitar." The album was recorded at Auerbach's Nashville studio Easy Eye Sound.

Eyre concludes: "This is a seductive, friendly album. It doesn't pander with gimmicks or English lyrics, but it manages to bring a distant, Islamic culture unexpectedly close through the universal language of rock and roll."

Listen to the complete review at npr.org.

To pick up a copy of Nomad, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include an instant download of the album at checkout.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 12:00
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Bombino: "Nomad" [cover]

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