Bombino's Cumbancha debut continues to blow away critics and fans while achieving strong sales along the way. Even before the album was officially released, Agadez had already reached #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart and after the true release date it dominated the chart for almost a week. On Amazon.com Agadez peaked at #2 on the World Music chart and #72 in Music over all, and even topped Rihanna's hit pop album Loud for a while landing at #8 on the R&B sales chart! For the past three weeks, Agadez has been in the top ten on Billboard's World Music Charts, peaking at #6.
In the weeks following the album's release NPR continued to give Agadez praise with two reviews. The first was on Fresh Air with Terry Gross where critic Milo Miles called Bombino, "a young performer with the charisma and probing imagination to become the first Tuareg star." NPR's flagship news program All Things Considered followed with critic Banning Eyer asserting, "Bombino makes the suffering of an ancient people in a harsh and distant land sound both strangely contemporary and universally appealing." Canada's Exclaim raved a week later calling Agadez, "beautiful, passionate, refreshing music."
Bombino's album is generating incredible buzz in the UK and Europe as well. The UK's premier world music magazine, Songlines has made Agadez a "Top of the World" pick. Germany's Hessischer Rundfunk radio program in Frankfurt chose Agadez as the album of the week while Spain's World Music published an extensive feature noting, "This born fighter not only has a great technique on the guitar, but also has excellent qualities as a singer and composer" In France the raves keep coming with Vibrations publishing a beautiful 4 page spread on young Tuareg artists featuring Bombino, and the daily L'humanite writing that, "Bombino's music goes straight to the heart."
The buzz is also burning up the blogosphere where Bill Meyer the influential blog Dusted wrote of Bombino's "innate melodicism" and went on to say, "his tunes are equally winning whether led by his soulful voice or his tart guitar." Huffington Post called the album, "a spiritual and political masterpiece." Melophobe's 50 word review said Bombino has "a guitar tone lush as an oasis" and Vivoscene went so far as to say, "If you never buy another record in your life, buy Agadez."
Bombino is available at your favorite retailer and directly from Bombino's Bandcamp page where we have the Exclusive Digital Bonus Version available as a free download when you purchase the physical digipak CD. All full album downloads from the bandcamp page include full digital liner notes with song lyrics and translations.
A deluxe double-vinyl LP featuring three tracks not include on the CD version will be released in early July to correspond with Bombino’s first US tour. Click here for tour dates.