Aspiring musicians often make financial sacrifices to follow their dreams. It’s a profession, especially in the information age, that isn’t particularly lucrative. But for Nigerian guitarist Bombino, his instrument has given liberation from poverty and ethnic conflict.
Bombino, whose real name is Omara Moctar, has gained international recognition, and is set to perform at the Wexner Center for Arts on Wednesday as part of the Next@Wex series. The series aims to bring young “music innovators” to its stages at Ohio State.
Bombino, 34, grew up to the northeast of Agadez, Niger, and is part of the regional Tuarag ethnic group. After a drought, Bombino and his family fled to Algeria… Read more