The important artist Bombino (Omara Moctar) is a guitarist, songwriter and singer.
Tuareg in origin, was born in 1980 in Tidene, Niger, in a refugee camp, 80 kilometers northeast of Agadez.
After the 1990 Tuareg rebellion, Bombino leaves the country, finding shelter in neighboring Algeria.
He learns guitar initially on his own and then next to the famous Tuareg guitarist Haja Bebe.
From Algeria he goes to Libya. During his stay there, he works as both a musician and a herder in a deserted area outside Tripoli.
In 1997 Bombino returns to Agadez and began his appearances as a professional musician. In Niger he stays until 2007, when another Tuareg revolt broke out.
The government of Niger, wanting to crush the rebellion in all its forms, bannes the guitars for the Tuareg, as the musical instrument was considered a revolutionary symbol.
When two of Bombino fellow musicians were executed, he is forced to leave the country again.
In January 2010, after the conflict was over, Bombino return to his home in Agadez.
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