Since their formation in 2012, Malian band, Songhoy Blues have found themselves very much on the rise. Following a highly successful 2015 marked by their debut album Music in Exile, they will be returning to London on 21st May at the Roundhouse. As a celebration of music ‘from Mali and beyond’, this final stop for their U.K. tour will also feature guest performances from Fatoumata Diawara, Blick Bassy, United Vibrations and Dave Okume (The Invisible).
Songhoy Blues members: vocalist Aliou Touré, bassist Oumar Touré, guitarist Garba Touré (no they’re not related) and drummer Nathanael Dembele, formed the band in response to the unrest in Northern Mali, forcing them to seek refuge in the South. Mixing rock, hip hop and the blues with Mali and Songhai music with their inspiration from icons such as Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré, Songhoy Blues are a uniquely funky blend of the desert blues that offers us a taste of home, but from a distance. This is a band with a social cause, healing the wounds of war and the heartache and frustration of exile through music.
They refuse to be silenced, instead, seizing control of their circumstances and turning them into something beautiful and powerful.