The context of Bombino's music isn't incidental; it's essential to understanding the impact and poignancy of Deran, his latest full-length. Sung exclusively in the Tuareg language of Tamashek, songs such as "Tehigren" ("Trees") and "Imajghane" ("The Free People") distill Bombino's memories and impressions of his homeland. Fluid and bluesy, his guitar playing is more than just an agile dance between rhythm and melody. It speaks and breathes across centuries. In Tuareg culture, guitarists and the songs they sing have long been the means by which traditions, mores and revolutionary spirit have been passed down. [NPR]

Tuareg guitar great Bombino returned this year with the new album Deran on Partisan Records (that's an excerpt of NPR's review of the album above). Having made his last two albums in New York with Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth and Nashville with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, respectively, Deran was the first album Bombino made in Africa in nearly a decade, and he made it with Illias Mohammed on guitar, Youba Dia on bass, Corey Wilhelm on drums, Hassan Krifa on percussion, and Mohammed Araki on keyboard. He has now announced a 2019 North American tour supporting the album.

The tour includes a NYC show on March 20 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Watch the video for "Deran Deran Alkheir" and stream the whole new album below:

Bombino -- 2019 North American Tour Dates
Friday, March 8, 2019 – Sudbury, ONT – Bloom 2019
Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Toronto, ONT – Lee’s Palace
Sunday, March 10, 2019 – Montreal, QC – L’Astral
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
Thursday, March 14, 2019 – Burlington, VT – Club Metronome
Friday, March 15, 2019 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
Saturday, March 16, 2019 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Sunday, March 17, 2019 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 – Baltimore, MD – Creative Alliance
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Thursday, March 21, 2019 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
Friday, March 22, 2019 – Arden, DE – Arden Gild Hall
Saturday, March 23, 2019 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Thursday, March 28, 2019 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
Friday, March 29, 2019 – Portland, OR – The Star Theater
Saturday, March 30, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon
Sunday, March 31, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon