We are not like American musicians in many ways. Our skills and our knowledge are very different from Western musicians […] So this can be a big challenge, but Dave handled himself very gracefully". But importantly, Azel is not meant as a collaborative project but a continuation of the Tuareg legacy. For nomadic people, identity is a slippery term and one that cannot be so easily assigned by the markers we use for settled societies. Indeed, the guitars have a sort of transcendental importance for the musician.
Now comes Azel, with Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors as producer; according to Bombino, Longstreth let him take the sonic lead, which was apparently not so much the case with Auerbach. Format: Vinyl, LP, Stereo. Country: US. Released: 01 Apr Style: Acoustic, Psychedelic Rock. Having spent a bit of time in the Sahara with Tuareg musicians from across their diaspora, I can say that that sort of slow burn feels exactly right.
The guitar is front-and-center. Bombino may be prodding others there, because no one can say that he's content to rest with his prodigious gifts. Musically, he's always moving on to some new destination. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.
NPR Shop. Review: Bombino, 'Azel' Out of a well-documented generation of talented Tuareg rockers, the great guitarist has emerged as the most virtuosic and melodically innovative.