Since the 1960s, the electric guitar has provided a bridge between international folk cultures and modern pop music. An example today is the singer and guitarist Bombino from Niger, whose album Agadez contains currents of blues and rock — along with traces of African folk.
Guitarist and composer Marc Ribot, on Jimi Hendrix: "Like all of the other pimply adolescents in the late ’60s, I listened to and loved Jimi Hendrix. And, of course, he was an amazing virtuoso on the guitar. But what seemed to me, when I later thought about him, the most important thing about Hendrix, was that he was a poet in terms of what he said and what he played. And that’s something that all of the many guitarists who are directly working in the Hendrix tradition, what so few of them seem to get — that it seemed to be something that surrounded the music that made it be great. I never felt like I could approach Hendrix directly, and so … I approached him very indirectly."