Leading World Music Artist “Bombino” Performs at UNC Asheville November 20

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African desert rocker Omara “Bombino” Moctar will kick off his U.S. tour with a performance in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Bombino arrives in Asheville after touring France, Italy, the U.K and Scandinavia; his U.S. tour will culminate in Carnegie Hall in New York City.

An ethnic Tuareg born in Niger, Bombino grew up during an era of armed struggle and violent government suppression; his music captures a spirit of resistance and rebellion.

Bombino’s newest album, Nomad, produced and recorded in Nashville by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, debuted in April at #1 on the Billboard World Music album chart and iTunes World chart. Rolling Stone calls Nomad “a perfect match of sound and soul [that] introduces a new guitar hero.” NPR praised his “fierce, hypnotic guitar playing” and “amazing jams,” finding connections to the music of Jimi Hendrix. Nomad was also named among NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums of the Year.

Tickets are $20; $12 for UNC Asheville faculty, staff and alumni; $7 for Asheville-area students; $5 for UNC Asheville students, and are available at uncatickets.com or at the Highsmith University Union front desk.

The concert is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Cultural Events and Special Academic Programs office. For more information, visit http://cesap.unca.edu or call 828.251.6674.