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Songhoy Blues announce their new album with new single ‘Bamako’

Psychedelic Malian punk/blues group Songhoy Blues invites Iggy Pop and Elf Kid on their upcoming album Résistance.

The band was formed in Bamako after they were forced to leave their homes during the civil conflict and the imposition of Sharia Law. Their debut album Music in Exile was released in 2015 via Transgressive Records and also via Julian Casablancas‘ Cult Records partnered with Atlantic Records.

With ‘Bamako’ we just wanted to write something fun and positive about where we come from,” says lead vocalist Aliou Touré. “So much of what people hear about Africa is negative; bad news stories about war and famine just dominate the common image of Africa. But this track is about dispelling that image by describing something everyone can relate to – going out on a Saturday night – to show that Africa isn’t just what people see in the news, there’s so much more to it than that.”

Songhoy Blues Résistance Track List:
1. Voter
2. Bamako
3. Sahara (featuring Iggy Pop)
4. Yersi Yadda
5. Hometown
6. Badji
7. Dabari
8. Ici Bas
9. Ir Ma Sobay
10. Mali Nord (featuring Elf Kid)
11. Alhakou
12. One Colour

Songhoy Blues US Tour Dates:
September 28, Washington, DC, U Street Music Hall
September 29, New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
September 30, Boston, MA, City Winery
October 1, Montreal, QC, L’Astral
October 3, Toronto, ON, The Mod Club
October 5, Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
October 6, Madison, WI, University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Sett
October 7, Minneapolis, MN, Cedar Cultural Center
October 10, Nashville, TN, The Basement East
October 11, Atlanta, GA, City Winery Atlanta
October 12, Oxford, MS, Proud Larry’s
October 13, New Orleans, LA, Tipitina’s Uptown
October 18, Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
October 19, Los Angeles, CA, Teragram Ballroom
October 20, San Francisco, CA, Bimbo’s 365 Club
October 24, Eugene, OR, WOW Hall
October 25, Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
October 26, Seattle, WA, The Crocodile