Musical palate cleanser, worldly edition

I doubt you’ll see many resumes that read like this:

Bombino was born in 1980 in Tidene, Niger, a Tuareg encampment about 80 kilometers northeast of Agadez. He is a member of the Ifoghas tribe, which belongs to the Kel Air Tuareg federation.  Following the outbreak of the Tuareg Rebellion in 1990, Bombino, along with his father and grandmother, was forced to flee to neighboring Algeria for safety. During this time, visiting relatives left behind a guitar, and Bombino began to teach himself how to play. He later studied with renowned Tuareg guitarist, Haja Bebe. Bebe asked him to join his band where he gained the nickname “Bombino”, which is derived from the Italian word “bambino”, meaning ‘little child’. While living in Algeria and Libya in his teen years, Bombino and his friends watched videos of Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler and others to learn their styles. He worked as both a musician and a herder in the desert near Tripoli. By 1997, Bombino had returned to Agadez and began life as a professional musician.

From Nomad, his second international release, here is the haunting “Imuhar”:

As a bonus, here’s a live, acoustic version:

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25 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, worldly edition

  1. gotthepicture

    I don’t think the 2nd one is technically acoustic, right?
    But good stuff nonetheless.
    I had a goat slaughtered in front of me just southeast of Agadez, Niger about 17 years ago and then was fed a multi-course meal of millet and various parts of said goat, e.g. liver, kidney and ‘real’ meat.

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    • Got Cowdog

      Huh. Sounds interesting. Problem is one taste of the liver, I’d probably been executed by the villagers at dawn…

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      • RangerRuss

        You wouldn’t go to waste, Uncle Got. The villagers would eat your liver with fava beans and a nice malwa.
        Fefefefefefefe.

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        • Got Cowdog

          Malbec.

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          • RangerRuss

            Got you ignorant slut. Where dafuq are po ass African villagers gonna get Malbec? Those grapes would never grow with the hot nights there. Malwa is millet beer and it’s common in Africa. They make that shit on site.
            I would give you some credit for suggesting Malbec to pair with dog, a normally lean meat. But since you ‘fess to having a marbled ass I suggest a Cabernet Sauvignon or a fine Merlot.

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        • Got Cowdog

          To your point, my well marbled ass could feed the village for a week

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  2. gastr1

    Wow. Good stuff. Can hear the Knopfler influence especially.

    Anyone else here a fan of Nigerian Highlife? (Different kind of music, I know, but since we’re in that part of the world…)

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    • RangerRuss

      Second video I can definitely hear Knopfler’s influence. I like that part.
      Watching the video I was struck by the length of Bombino’s fingers. Pickers fingers. Similar to when I shook Mark Richt’s hand when he first came to UGA, I’m impressed with the tools he was born with that enabled him to perform. I got them little monkey hands built for pulling a trigger or scratching my ass. Never could pick a guitar.

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  3. hassan

    Awesome music.

    If you like this, also check out Ali Farka Toure. He blew me away at the New Orleans Jazz Fest one year. Later did a great album with Ry Cooder (“Talking Timbuktu”).

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  4. My YouTube feed shows all things guitar and especially Fender – I am a Stratocaster fanatic. Anyway, I caught this the other day. Very similiar style IMO. https://youtu.be/HmILkl–75Q

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  5. whb209

    Niger..
    If you are an old white man, you (I) must be very careful pronouncing that country.

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    • RangerRuss

      Mother’s Finest used to play a tune that a FOWM would experience some discomposure requesting.
      “… Can’t Sing Rocknroll”.

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      • PTC DAWG

        I don’t know, but I been told..

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        • row105

          they (Mothers Finest) played at my 1972 High School Prom breakfast at some Hotel on Houston St…..pronounced Houseton…in downtown ATL. As a drunk 17 year old I had only the vaguest idea of how cool that was. Besides as a drunk 17 year old boy I was still totally befuddled by how you could get panty hose off a semi-cooperative girl.

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  6. Salty Dawg

    Thank you, Senator! I always enjoy listening to new (to me) talent! Appreciate the heads up! I hope your recovery is progressing along!

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  7. While you’re in a world music inspired mood check out Khruangbin, but for the Tuareg sound these guys are the OGs:
    https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/music/touareg-band-tinariwen-electrifies-the-sahara-1.393641

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  8. Tommy Perkins

    Have you guys heard of Mdou Moctar? Think Touareg version of Prince and Eddie Van Halen. Incredible stuff.

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    • rigger92

      I only watched the first song and it tripped me out. The tune is in 3/4 and fast enough to be a waltz where most of us just feel the downbeat and then float through beats 2 and 3, it’s what the drummer is doing – foot on 1, snare on 2 and 3.

      The wild thing is the dancing and vocals and the foot tapping by the bass player is in 2 (think doing 3 beats with the drummer with your right hand and fitting just 2 beats within the same time with your left hand). It’s a never ending hemiola. Really uncomfortable to listen to because it never just rests into one or the other. Bands like Rush and Metallica tend to go back and forth and I don’t think ever just ran two beat patterns for an entire tune.

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      • Got Cowdog

        Took the words right out of my mouth, Rigger. (#whatdidhejustsay?)
        Me and my plumber paws can choke a half dozen chords out of a guitar and said guitar do sound like it’s being abused…badly. I’m with RangerRuss. Monkey hands are the devil’s workshop.

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  9. David K

    Ha, every song has the the exact same rhythm.

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