In Exile Malian Quartet Songhoy Blues Sing Lovesongs To Their Homeland

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In Exile Malian Quartet Songhoy Blues Sing Lovesongs To Their Homeland

by Wochit 1:04 mins

In Exile Malian Quartet Songhoy Blues Sing Lovesongs To Their Homeland

by Wochit 1:04 mins

Three years ago, the singer of Malian quartet Songhoy Blues was fleeing Islamist militants who had banned all music. This Thursday, his group electrified the crowd with its relentlessly upbeat African rhythms at London's Village Underground venue. Many musicians joined the flood of civilians fleeing northern Mali after Islamist militants took over there in 2012, said Songhoy Blues singer and guitarist Aliou Touré, before the band's sold-out gig. Then the Islamists arrived and banned music. The band initially played at friends' weddings and events. Then the Africa Express project, which brings African music into the mainstream, discovered them. Collaborations followed with prominent musicians like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' guitarist Nick Zinner. The band showcased their debut album at SXSW festival in the United States and will play a few festivals this summer.

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