Bombino

Niger

Biography

Bombino was born in 1980 in Tidene, Niger, a Tuareg encampment about 80 kilometers northeast of Agadez. He is a member of the Ifoghas tribe, which belongs to the Kel Air Tuareg federation. Following the outbreak of the Tuareg Rebellion in 1990, Bombino, along with his father and grandmother, were forced to flee to neighboring Algeria for safety. During this time, visiting relatives left behind a guitar, and Bombino began to teach himself how to play. He later studied with renowned Tuareg guitarist, Haja Bebe. Bebe asked him to join his band where he gained the nickname “Bombino”, which is derived from the Italian word “bambino”, that means ‘little child’. While living in Algeria and Libya in his teen years, Bombino and his friends watched videos of Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler and others to learn their styles. He worked as both a musician and a herder in the desert near Tripoli. By 1997, Bombino had returned to Agadez and began life as a professional musician.

Read more
Hometown

Niger

Listen
{{track.title}} artwork

{{track.user.username}}

{{track.title}}

{{ currentTime | hhmmss }} / {{ duration | hhmmss }}
{{ currentTime / duration }}
{{track.title}} artwork

{{track.user.username}}

{{track.title}}

{{ currentTime | hhmmss }} / {{ duration | hhmmss }}
{{ currentTime / duration }}

Follow Bombino

Bombino Videos
Want to see behind the scenes of PFC?
Become a Member