Tuareg guitarist and singer Omara “Bombino” Moctar is a star guitarist and singer from the Sahara desert on a meteoric rise. His new album, Nomad, was recorded with 2013 Grammy-winning Producer of the Year Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. The album, released April 2, 2013, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music Charts and iTunes World charts and has collected rave reviews from top media outlets around the world including BBC World Service which calls it ‘utterly, utterly fantastic” and Rolling Stone, which calls Nomad “The year’s most exciting blues album….A perfect match of sound and soul [that] introduces a new guitar hero.” His dazzling live performance and virtuosity on the guitar have earned him comparisons amongst notable music critics to Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Neil Yong and Jerry Garcia.
A Black-Italian raised in Miami and Venezuela walks into a bar. She’s flanked by some instrument toting lady friends and a few dudes. There’s a Filipino, a Jewish/Brazilian, a Motswana, a Japanese man, and a couple white guys with guitars (of course). If you’re waiting for the punch line, it’s better seen and heard than read. Underground System, the Brooklyn, NY born female-fronted group of modern afrobeat deconstructionists, is a singularly original and undeniably exciting group. Hanging their hats on an uncompromising stage show, they augment their presence with a multitude of eclectic musical influences and a heavy penchant for the deeper sounding corners of NYC dance floors, bringing a refreshing sense of urgency to what is at the core a classic tight-knit, no frills, show stopping act. Other than the extra-musical and cultural factors, Underground System separation from the norm of touring afro-friendly bands was cemented with the recent release and subsequent proliferation via about a dozen official remixes of ‘Bella Ciao’ – a retro-futuristic dance floor ready interpretation of a Partisan anti-fascist Italian WWII anthem