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Bombino Blends Tuareg Blues Guitar & Reggae Chops In His Powerful New Single 'Akhar Zaman'

An energetic new single taken from Bombino's upcoming album 'Azel,' produced by the Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth.

Bombino. Photo credit: Marije Kuiper


Just last week, Niger-based desert rocker Bombino announced his new album Azel, a 10-track LP produced by the Dirty ProjectorsDave Longstreth.

The new album marks an evolution in sound for the Tuareg desert guitarist as he introduces a style he calls ‘Tuareggae’–”a sunny blend of Tuareg blues & rock with reggae one-drop and bounce,” his label explains.

We heard the meditative Azel single “Inar” last week and now get a high dose of adrenaline with the fast-paced “Akhar Zaman (This Moment),” a track that jumps straight out of the gate with its trotting beat and swinging guitars and never lets up.

Stream the single and watch Okay Acoustic With Bombino below. Azel is due out April 1 on Partisan Records.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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