Songhoy Blues

Having already had a hugely successful 2015, including a recent nomination in the ‘Best New Band’ category at this year’s Q Awards, Songhoy Blues go into the end of the year by announcing their biggest UK headline show to date and a deluxe version of their much-acclaimed debut album, Music In Exile.

Having made their first appearance in London in July 2014 at the Servants Jazz Quarters, the band play The Roundhouse in London on Saturday 21st May 2016 – a staggering ascent for any band.

The show billed as ‘Songhoy Blues presents ‘Music in Exile’ – a celebration of music from Mali and beyond’, also features a performance from special guest FATOUMATA DIAWARA. Further live guests and DJs will be announced

Tickets for the show go on sale at 9am on Friday October 2nd 2015 via & priced at £17.50

A deluxe version of their debut album will also be released on Friday November 6th 2015 on Transgressive Records.

The deluxe edition, released on CD and download, features 3 new tracks: staggering re-interpretations of tracks by some of the group’s key influences.

A re-versioning of the Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go features new lyrics addressing the difficult decision confronting refugees around the world – a literal “Should I Stay?” and suffer persecution at home or “Should I Go?” and face potential social injustice and prejudice.

An extraordinary re-working of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir, fully endorsed by Jimmy Page after initially gracing the cover of Mojo Magazine, and a stunning version of Manu Dibango’s classic Soul Makossa, which might be the band’s greatest musical performance to date, also feature on the deluxe edition.

The 3 extra tracks featured on the deluxe album will also be available on the same day as a stand-alone 12” titled Re-Covered.

Having made storming appearances at a number of UK festivals over the summer, including performances at Latitude, Green Man and the main stage at Glastonbury, the band return to the UK in the autumn for a UK tour.

The full list of UK dates is as follows:


22nd Glasgow SWG3 Warehouse Studio

23rd Leeds Brudenell Social Club – SOLD OUT

24th Brighton Concorde 2

25th Manchester Gorilla

26th Birmingham Hare & Hounds – SOLD OUT

27th Bristol The Fleece – SOLD OUT

4th London KOKO – SOLD OUT
MAY 2016

21st London Roundhouse
Finally, They Will Have To Kill Us First, a film which tells the story of Songhoy Blues and documents the current struggle faced by musicians in Mali, centred around the banning of music by Islamist militants, is set to have a cinema release in the autumn. It received its premiere at this year’s SxSW Festival

Praise for Music In Exile:

Etching out their own groove – 4/5 Daily Telegraph
They have all the makings of African-rock crossover heroes – 5/5 The Guardian
Thrilling and vital young African band – 4/5 Mail on Sunday
Persuasively propulsive as anything so far released this year – 4/5 Independent
Set to take London by storm – 4/5 Eve Standard
If you thought guitar music was dead, think again – 4/5 Daily Mirror
A triumph – Observer
A masterpiece, blending American guitar licks with Malian groove – 8/10 NME
Incredibly rousing and intense – 4/5 Mojo
Grit, urgency and delicacy in abundance – 4/5 Q


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