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XPNFest Recap: Bombino brings a desert breeze to the Marina Stage
Bombino were probably a new band for most of the Marina Stage crowd that gathered to watch their set, but by the end of it the Nigerien natives had gained a couple thousand new fans.
Led by Tuareg guitarist Omara “Bombino” Moctar, the band blends the traditional Sahara Desert music of the Tuareg people with Western blues and rock influences. Their latest record, 2013’s Nomad, was produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.
The mostly-instrumental set was textured and complex. Each instrument had a specific voice in each song, with psych-rock guitar solos and syncopated percussion.
A mid-song tempo change during “Assouf-Jaguar” really got the crowd moving, as the band members rocked out on stage and did some synchronized jumps.
Check out a photo gallery below and listen back to the set here.
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