Why You Should Pay Attention: Desert-blues guitar virtuoso Omara "Bombino" Moctar has had no problem attracting high-profile rock fans who want to help him get his remarkable music out to the world. In 2013, Rolling Stone dubbed Bombino an Artist to Watch even before the release of Nomad, the album he travelled to Nashville to record with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. His follow-up, Azel, was recorded in Woodstock with the Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth and will be released next month. A member of the nomadic Tuareg people, Bombino had already journeyed a long way from Agadez, Niger before coming to the U.S. to record – guitars were banned and musicians were executed in the country of his birth, and he was forced to migrate to North Africa. But as dramatic as Bombino's life story is, his guitar work, influenced by Hendrix and Dire Straits but rooted in the rolling, circular patterns of West Africa, speaks for itself.