Deran – which loosely translates to “best wishes” – is Bombino’s most focused, compelling, and diverse statement to date, and delivers a message of hope and well-wishes to the world in a time of great pain and tumult.
Written and sung entirely in Bombino’s native language of Tamasheq, “Deran” was recorded in Casablanca – at a studio owned by current Moroccan king Mohammed VI, no less – over a ten day stretch, and marks his first time making an album in Africa in nearly a decade. In Bombino’s own words, “my mission for this album was always to get closer to Africa.” How to celebrate, protect, unify, and above all, never forget that desert home, are the salient themes throughout Deran. The album showcases Bombino’s mastery of a rich palette – from folk, rock, blues, funk, and of course, the ‘Tuareggae’ sub-genre which he has single-handedly pioneered.
Download the song below.
This week’s download comes from Niger-born Tuareg guitar virtuoso, Bombino and his new album, “Deran.” You have seven days to download the song “Deran Deran Alkheir.”