Nomadic desert bluesman goes home
After making his last two albums in America with Dan Auerbach and David Longstreth, the niger-born Tuareg guitarist Omara “Bombino” Moctar recorded Deran in Morocco. The geographical relocation is reflected in the music, too, for this feels like a ‘back to the roots’ record, the earthier feel recalling the minimalist production of 2011’s Agadez, rather than the dazzling guitar pyrotechnics of his US-recorded albums. “Tenesse”, “Takamba” and “Tamasheq” all rock to a loping, camel-gaited groove in the now classical Tinariwen style. “Mediwan” and “Adouagh Chegren” are predominantly acoustic tunes built around simple guitars, handclaps and call-andresponse vocals, and “Imajhine” and “Tehigren” boast an irresistible desert-reggae vibe.