Songhoy Blues Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
From between Timbuktu, which despite what you may have been taught as a child isn't as far away as you may think, and Gao come Songhoy Blues, a band who play some of the traditional styles of the Songhoy and blues. Fleeing unrest in their homeland, they play ‘in exile’. Oumar Toure, Aliou Toure and Garba Toure blend the styles beautifully and seamlessly. CD and vinyl on Transgressive.
Malian blues heroes Songhoy Blues follow-up their critically acclaimed debut LP, Music In Exile, with Re-Covered - an EP of covers. The EP features a pertinent re-imagining of The Clash’s Should I Stay or Should I Go which deals with the difficult situation faced by refugees around the world. There’s a Jimmy Page endorsed version of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir and their version of Manu Dibongo’s Soul Makossa which needs to be heard to be believed.
Another album of wonderful afro-funk-pop from Songhoy Blues! Résistance features guest appearances from Elf Kid, a children’s choir, and, most remarkably, punk’s sacred aunt Iggy Pop, and the whole thing flows like liquid gold. Chanting vocals, meaty rhythms, and that light-and-choppy guitar sound. Out on Transgressive.
- Vinyl LP (TRANS298X)
- Limited edition
Having been banned from playing music by Islamic extremists in Timbuktu, Songhoy Blues moved to the Malian capital where they met Damon Albarn and things have been going up since then. Some classic African folk/rock with crisp guitar and beautiful vocal sounds, it’s fun and defiant. Debut album to come, watch this space.