SONGHOY BLUES - Résistance LP

SONGHOY BLUES - Résistance LP

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Formed after a jihadi incursion forced them into exile, the desert blues group was born both out of necessity – they were forced to leave their homes in Timbuktu during Mali’s civil conflict - and out of a desire “to recreate that lost ambience of the north and make all the refugees relive those northern songs in traditional Songhai style”. Their debut produced by Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, did a better job than most at capturing that “lost ambience” and live energy on tape – aided by associations with Zinner and Damon Albarn and a release through indie label Trangressive, it reached a large, appreciative audience. They have Iggy Pop rumbling away on Sahara, for example, warning us that “there ain’t no pizza” there, and south London grime MC Elf Kid exploring his African roots, struggling with the sinuous horns of Mali Nord. They hit a James Brown groove on Bamako, use fiddle on the Ali Farka-style Hometown, and let loose a children’s choir on One Colour, a delightful closer to a joyous, eclectic album.

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