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Albums Of The Week: Bombino | Live In Amsterdam

The Tuareg bluesman's live debut captures an energized, transfixing performance.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Niger-born Tuareg guitar virtuoso Bombino has released his first-ever live album as a solo artist, Live In Amsterdam. It was recorded in November of 2019 while Bombino and his band were touring behind his acclaimed latest studio album Deran.

Live In Amsterdam showcases Bombino’s rich musical palette, as he and his internationally renowned band seamlessly blend folk, rock, blues, funk, and most uniquely the ‘Tuareggae’ sub-genre which Bombino and his band pioneered. In addition to his regular band, this performance features special guests and Bombino’s cousins, Nigerian singer/actress Toulou Kiki as well as Anana Harouna of Kel Assouf.

Live In Amsterdam is dedicated to the loving memory of longtime Bombino bandmember Illias Mohamed Alhassane (rhythm guitar, vocals), who sadly and suddenly passed away in September of this year. Live In Amsterdam features Illias in his final recorded performance with his ‘brothers’ in Bombino’s band. May his soul rest in peace.

Deran earned Bombino career-best reviews and received a Grammy nod for Best World Music Album, making Bombino the first-ever artist from Niger to receive a Grammy nomination. Bombino has performed at Bonnaroo and Newport Folk Festival, and his previous two albums were produced by Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors) and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys). His list of on-the-record fans includes: Keith Richards, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Arcade Fire + more.”