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Tuareg guitarist Omara "Bombino" Moctar of Niger, leads a new generation in adapting to a modern world setting an example for Africa.

Almost four years in the making, the film follows the rise of Omara Moctar known as "Bombino", a twenty nine year old Tuareg musician from Niger. Bombino has become a cult hero in Niger and represents a new generation of Tuareg. He is becoming known as one of the great guitar players of West Africa, influenced by the legendary Ali Farka Toure, Tinariwen and Jimi Hendrix.

The film also tells the story of the Tuareg, an ancient Saharan nomadic tribe who, since the 12th century, have linked North Africa and West Africa, guiding their camel caravans across the desert, spreading art and music from Egypt to Mali. The Tuareg guard their independence and personal freedoms fiercely and have taken up arms against the government three times in the past two decades. They are also a very moderate and independent Muslim culture that cherishes the right to worship in their own way, as well as the rights of women. In fact, in Tuareg culture, the men cover their faces, the women do not.

During the most recent Tuareg rebellion many Tuareg lost their lives and the Nigerien military executed two of Bombino’s musicians, driving him into exile for several years.

The film follows Bambino over the past several years as he was exiled to Burkina Faso, his travels to the US to begin recording a new CD, and his return to Niger in 2010 with the peace agreement which ended the rebellion. He has now returned home to Agadez, a remote and storied city at the edge of the Sahara. On his return to Agadez, he finished recording the CD titled “Agadez”.

With the Sultan's blessing, he recently held a concert outside the Grande Mosque of Agadez which was attended by over a thousand people. His triumphant and exhilarating concert reminded the Tuareg of their magnificent culture, giving them new hope and setting an example for the rest of Africa for adapting to the modern world.

Many of the scenes in the film were shot just before the latest rebellion in some of the most beautiful and remote regions of the Sahara which are now inaccessible due to bandit kidnappings and al Qaeda activity.

Bombino has now signed with Cumbancha Records, the top world music label in the business. His CD has just been released worldwide with critical acclaim by Cumbancha Records who are promoting him as the next great musician from Africa.

Film Credits

Directors: Ron Wyman

Producers: Ron Wyman

Photography: Ron Wyman

Editing: Ron Wyman

Sound: Chris Decato

Music: Bombino, Tunde Jegede, Chris Decato

Production Company: ZeroGravity Films


UK Classification: None

Subtitles: Yes

Voiceover: No


Language: ,

Length: 1:06:37 min

Colour: Yes


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Agadez: The Music and the Rebellion Screening:

  • Mon16May

    at The Horse Hospital

    16 May 2011 8:30 pm

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