Produced by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, K’naan), “Music in Exile” marks the arrival of a powerful and truly unique new band. Though their music bears elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, at its heart is Songhoy Blues‚ deep attachment to the homegrown songs and dances of Mali’s Songhoy people as well as such iconic West African guitar heroes as Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré.
Songs like “Irganda” and “Al Hassidi Terei” see Songhoy Blues blending the traditional and the modern, the homegrown and the foreign, the youthful and the ancient. “Music in Exile” has already begun accruing early rave reviews, with The Guardian hailing it as “Talking Heads funky… growlingly bluesy… contemplative and hypnotic… a triumph.”
Mojo wrote in its 4 star review that, “Songhoy Blues‚ desert R&B is incredibly rousing and intense…conjuring a freedom and thrilling abandonment in its hypnotic shuffle boogie and punky blues rocks riffs.” 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…”
Songhoy Blues appeared in an eagerly anticipated new film documenting Malian musicians‚ fight with the extremist forces that have seen music banned in much of the country. They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile had its world premiere at Austin’s South By Southwest Film Festival 2015.
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Kometenmelodien w/ Songhoy Blues
Friday, 06 November 2015 | 20:00 CET
Kantine am Berghain | Am Wriezener Bahnhof | 10243 Berlin/Friedrichshain