Omara “Bombino” Moctar, whose given name is Goumour Almoctar, was born on January 1, 1980, in Tidene, Niger, an encampment of nomadic Tuaregs located about 80 kilometers to the northeast of Agadez.
Bombino grew up during a time of political upheaval, fleeing w/ his family to Algeria in 1990. During this time Bombino picked up his first guitar, and after returning to Nigeria years later, began playing music professionally.
During a 2006 trip to California, Bombino had the chance to record a desert blues version of the Rolling Stones classic “Hey Negrita” alongside Stones’ members Keith Richards and Charlie Watts. His first commercial album Agadez was released in 2011, followed by Nomad in 2013 which was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.
Live at The Belly Up was recorded on April 20, 2016 while on tour supporting his most recent release Azel.
Omara “Bombino” Moctar - Guitar, Lead Vocals
Illias Mohamed Alhassane - Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Djakrave Dia - Bass
Corey Wilhelm - Drums
Dave Unger - Sound Engineer