Group Bombino – Guitars from Agadez, Vol. 2
9 songs, 40 minutes long
Group Bombino is a really interesting African group. They are part of the nomadic Tuareg tribe which had political unrest with the Niger government and have since become rebels and refugees. Made in 2009, Guitars from Agadez, Vol. 2 (Vol. 1 was made by a similar group called Group Inerane) is a guitar driven political protest album (the Tuareg people protesting the Niger government) and it contains some of the most interesting modern blues music I have ever listened to. It has very strong elements of African folk music, containing typical African percussion and vocals, but what sets this album apart is the smooth, beautiful blues guitar that is being played by Omara Mochtar. The album feels very genuine and ethnic, yet is easy to listen to and understand with western ears.
The group was backed by a small label in Seattle called Sublime Frequencies which focus on genuine world music. The album is hard to find in America, since only 1,500 copies of the vinyl were ever made, though if one is interested it is available for download from the Sublime Frequencies website as FLAC or mp3.