Preview: Songhoy Blues @ Kentish Town 02 Forum (London; 25th January 2018)  


Songhoy Blues return to London to play a much-anticipated gig at Kentish Town’s O2 Forum on Friday the 25th of January. The Malian blues group is now well-known due to their unique yet accessible sound and in part due to their tumultuous formation – the band members left their home due to civil conflict and an extremist regime that sought to ban music. This was the inspiration for their debut album – Music in Exile – released in 2015, which featured backing vocals from Damon Albarn.

Their latest album Résistance (released in June 2017) was met with equally positive acclaim, and the band continue to bring their upbeat live performances to excited audiences around the world – playing everywhere in London from the Roundhouse to the Royal Albert Hall over the past few years.

While their sound is distinctly Malian – specifically Malian blues in the tradition of Ali Farka Touré – the band’s love of guitar-led rock bands such as the Clash, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles shines through. This gives an interesting modern twist to a genre beloved by so many and sets them apart from similar artists. Indeed, it is a beautiful thing to see a blues band born from such trying circumstances becoming known for their energetic and positive live shows. Do not miss it!

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