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Songhoy Blues blend American guitar licks with Malian grooves. When growing unrest in the north of Mali forced the young men and their families to take refuge in the southern town of Bamako, they decided to turn crisis into opportunity by forming a band. They enlisted drummer Nathanial "Nat" Dembele and baptized their band Songhoy Blues in celebration of their displaced people and culture.
In addition to the their busy touring schedule, Songhoy Blues also appeared in the film, They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile, that documented Malian musicians' fight with the extremist forces that have seen music banned in much of the country.
"Talking Heads funky... growlingly bluesy... contemplative and hypnotic... A triumph" -The Guardian
"'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" - Mojo
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