Bombino: Unfamiliar Suffering Gets A Universal Treatment Forced to leave his hometown of Agadez when rebellion broke out in Niger, young Tuareg guitarist Bombino filters his hardships through the familiar sound of rock 'n' roll.
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Bombino: Unfamiliar Suffering Gets A Universal Treatment

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MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

One Tuareg folk musician who goes by the name Bombino is a rising star. Banning Eyre has this review of his new CD, "Agadez."

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BANNING EYRE: The guitar playing is clean and tuneful, sunnier than the raw trance grooves of other Tuareg rock bands. Bombino's songs evoke the hardship of separation and loss, but his pain comes filtered through the shimmering veneer of a young man's all-consuming love of nature.

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BOMBINO: (Singing in foreign language).

EYRE: By that time, a Tuareg with a guitar was considered about as dangerous as one with an AK-47, and when two members of Bombino's group were killed, he fled to Burkina Faso and composed songs of nostalgia for his desert home.

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BOMBINO: (Singing in foreign language).

EYRE: Unidentified People: (Singing in foreign language).

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EYRE: Bombino makes the suffering of an ancient people in a harsh and distant land strangely contemporary and universally appealing.

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NORRIS: Banning Eyre is senior editor at afropop.org. He reviewed the CD "Agadez" by Bombino.

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