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Songhoy Blues

Main Stage, 29 Aug

Songhoy Blues

‘‘Songhoy Blues has always been about resistance. We started the group during a civil war, in the face of a music ban, to create something positive out of adversity’ – Aliou Toure, lead singer Sons of Mali. Groundbreaking Artists. Refugees. Virtuosos. Survivors. Rock Stars. Unforgettable & undeniable, SONGHOY BLUES represent the future of African rock n’ roll.

And now, with the release of their scintillating new album, OPTIMISME, these blues brothers from Bamako officially announce their arrival and their intention to continue singing, playing & dancing their way into the hearts & minds of music fans everywhere.

This 11-song, multi-lingual album is a breakthrough effort, led by the infectious & anthemic lead single, “WORRY”, and steeped in deep traditions of classic Malian music & desert blues, fused with an urgent & supercharged sound of now.

Widely celebrated worldwide, OPTIMISME saw the band give performances on The Stephen Colbert Show, KEXP, NPR, and continues to garner A-List rotation on UK’s BBC6 Music.