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7 Things You Need To Know About Songhoy Blues
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1. Songhoy Blues has been compared to the Talking Heads and the Black Keys

The Guardian hailed them as “Talking Heads funky… growlingly bluesy… contemplative and hypnotic… A triumph,” while NME wrote, “This resulting debut is a masterpiece of desert blues, blending American guitar licks with Malian groove. ‘Soubour’ wouldn’t sound out of place on a Black Keys record…"

2. Songhoy Blues debut album Music In Exile is produced by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, K’naan)

3. The band blends influences of iconic West African guitar heroes like Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré with contemporary rock and hip hop

4. Songhoy Blues counts some serious rock stars as fans

The band has performed with Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), Julian Casablancas & The Voidz and will soon be supporting Alabama Shakes

5. The name Songhoy Blues refers to the displacement of the band's people and culture

Growing unrest in the north of Mali forced young men and families to take refuge further south and the band came up with the name after relocating to Bamako to celebrate their history, traditions and struggle.

6. Songhoy Blues appears in a highly anticipated upcoming film They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile

The film documents Malian musicians’ fight with extremist forces that have banned music in much of the country. They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile will premiere at SXSW in Austin this year! Check out the trailer!

7. Songhoy Blues debut album Music In Exile is available now!

Click here to download on iTunes or click here to start streaming now on Spotify!

Click here to sign up for news and exclusive offers from your favorite artists including Songhoy Blues!

  • 1. Songhoy Blues has been compared to the Talking Heads and the Black Keys The Guardian hailed them as “Talking Heads funky… growlingly bluesy… contemplative and hypnotic… A triumph,” while NME
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1. Songhoy Blues has been compared to the Talking Heads and the Black Keys

The Guardian hailed them as “Talking Heads funky… growlingly bluesy… contemplative and hypnotic… A triumph,” while NME wrote, “This resulting debut is a masterpiece of desert blues, blending American guitar licks with Malian groove. ‘Soubour’ wouldn’t sound out of place on a Black Keys record…"

2. Songhoy Blues debut album Music In Exile is produced by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, K’naan)

3. The band blends influences of iconic West African guitar heroes like Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré with contemporary rock and hip hop

4. Songhoy Blues counts some serious rock stars as fans

The band has performed with Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), Julian Casablancas & The Voidz and will soon be supporting Alabama Shakes

5. The name Songhoy Blues refers to the displacement of the band's people and culture

Growing unrest in the north of Mali forced young men and families to take refuge further south and the band came up with the name after relocating to Bamako to celebrate their history, traditions and struggle.

6. Songhoy Blues appears in a highly anticipated upcoming film They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile

The film documents Malian musicians’ fight with extremist forces that have banned music in much of the country. They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile will premiere at SXSW in Austin this year! Check out the trailer!

7. Songhoy Blues debut album Music In Exile is available now!

Click here to download on iTunes or click here to start streaming now on Spotify!

Click here to sign up for news and exclusive offers from your favorite artists including Songhoy Blues!

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