Smart Bets: Bombino

Nomad is not just the name of Omara “Bombino” Moctar’s new album, produced by Dan Auberbach of The Black Keys; it’s also a description of the guitarist himself. Moctar is a member of the Tuareg people, a traditionally nomadic ethnic group who have herded cattle in the Sahara desert for centuries. Moctar has lived through many years of conflict between the Tuareg and the government of Niger, a conflict that caused him to flee the country several times and one that deeply influences his music. He’ll perform at UNC Asheville on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. $5/$7/$12/$20. cesap.unca.edu. Photo by Ron Wyman

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