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Monday, September 3, 2012

Bombino Gave Us the Best Blues of Our Lives

Posted by on Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Bombino is cooler than you.
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  • Bombino is cooler than you.

Can I just cut and paste my review from the last time Bombino hit Seattle at Nectar? I thought not.

Although the Agadez, Niger guitarist/vocalist brought a smaller unit—bassist, drummer, dancer, and that Caucasian guy who looks like he’s moonlighting from Average White Band on rhythm guitar—the sound was pretty similar: elemental electric, desert blues that’s at once joyous and devastatingly plaintive. Again, the drummer stroked out a fairly unchanging rhythm, a lopsided gallop/quasi-waltz time pattern heavy on the snare and cymbals (bop bop botta-tssss botta-tssss; I felt sorry for the larger tom-tom on the right side of the kit, which didn’t get hit all afternoon).

Serious hypnosis through electrified desert blues.
  • Dave Segal/The Stranger
  • Serious hypnosis through electrified desert blues.

Bombino’s guitar tone remains flinty and chiming, flowing in a regimental manner, with sporadic disciplined solos that nobody would dare to call self-indulgent. Bombino’s parched, soulful voice still sounds over 2,000 years old and as riveting as right now. Again, with today’s set there were no peaks or troughs. Bombino’s songs are "merely" steady-state glides into eternal peacefulness, with cascading undercurrents of strife. Save the last trance for me.


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Yes it was a great set.My 2nd time seeing Bombino.Will be watching him live at 3.00 pacific at www.kennedycenter .org today as well(9/4/2012).Such amazing music.Buy his cd's everyone.
Posted by russ milenbach on September 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM · Report this
"The caucasian guy who looks like he is moonlighting from Average White Band" is the road manager for Oumara and an unsung hero. He is also a talented musician in his own right. He stepped in at the last minute because Kawacen was unable to leave Niger. Sorry you missed the impromptu concert with hand clap percussion and djembe harmony played by Moussa & Ibrahim the night before. Signed, Bombino's Seattle Support Team.
Posted by Sababa on September 6, 2012 at 3:18 PM · Report this

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