Past Meetup

Bombino Returns to Cambridge!

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Those that have heard him knows what a treat it is to see Bombino live, and I believe this is twice in one year! Tix are $20 in advance, and $22 at the door, though I advise getting your tickets early. For more info visit:

See the writeup below from The Sinclair's website:

Omara "Bombino" Moctar, whose given name is Goumar Almoctar, was born on
January 1st, 1980 in Tidene, Niger, an encampment of nomadic Tuaregs located about
80 kilometers to the northeast of Agadez. He is a member of the Ifoghas tribe, which
belongs to the Kel Air Tuareg federation. His father is a car mechanic and his mother
takes care of the home, as is the Tuareg tradition. Bombino was raised as a Muslim and
taught to consider honor, dignity and generosity as principal tenets of life.

The Tuareg, known amongst themselves as the Kel Tamasheq, have long been
recognized as warriors, traders and travelers of the Sahara Desert - as a people of
grace and nobility as well as fighters of fierce reputation. They are a nomadic people
descended from the Berbers of North Africa and for centuries have fought against
colonialism and the imposition of strict Islamic rule.

Although just thirty years old, Bombino's life and travels have exposed him to the
problems facing his people. He has taken on the mission of helping the Tuareg
community achieve equal rights, peace, maintain their rich cultural heritage and promote
education. He is an advocate for teaching children the Tuareg language of Tamasheq,
the local Haoussa language as well as French and Arabic, all of which he speaks
fluently. "We fought for our rights," remarks Bombino, "But we have seen that guns are
not the solution. We need to change our system. Our children must go to school and
learn about their Tuareg identity."

Four thousand years of living in a hostile environment taught the Tuareg that the will to
survive with dignity intact is stronger than any external threat. Bombino puts that
sentiment to music, writes its anthem, and gives it a life of its own. He is known as being emblematic of the next generation of Tuareg, a new voice of the Sahara and Sahel,
fusing traditional Berber rhythms with the energy of rock and roll and songs about
peace. After thirty years of drought, rebellion, and tyranny, Bombino extols his audience
to remember who they are, but also realize who they can be.