Songhoy Blues are a young desert blues punk band from Timbuktu, Mali. The band were exiled to Bamako during the recent unrest in Mali, when Africa Express first heard their music and invited them to record at the ‘Maison des Jeunes’ youth club in Mali’s capital in 2013.
The resulting track ‘Soubour‘ was one of the outstanding songs on the ‘Maison des Jeunes‘ album, which we released via Transgressive records later that year. Since then the band have been increasingly in demand on the international touring circuit and this December sees the release of their first single ‘Al Hassidi Terei’. The track has already received plays on BBC Radio 1, XFM and has been playlisted at BBC6 Music. Their debut album, ‘Music in Exile’, produced by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), will be released on Transgressive Records in February 2015. Read more about the upcoming album here.
The band will support Damon Albarn at the Royal Albert Hall this weekend on Saturday 15. Catch them at these warm up gigs in London this week.
Enjoy the stunning visuals to ‘Al Hassidi Terei’ below.