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After selling out Oslo Hackney and Village Underground, Songhoy Blues return to London for their biggest headline show at Koko.

Garba Touré, Aliou Touré, Oumar Touré and Nathanael Dembélé comprise Songhoy Blues, a rock band from Mali. The band plays, as The Guardian describes it, “raucous guitar anthems dedicated to peace and reconciliation”.

Having cut their teeth in Bamako’s club scene, where they formed having fled a hard-line Islamist coup in the north of the country, the band were spotted by Damon Albarn and Brian Eno, in Bamako to record as part of their Africa Express project. Songhoy Blues were invited to record a song for Africa Express with Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and effortlessly the pairing produced ‘Soubour’, the standout ‘hit’ of 2014′s ‘Africa Express presents Maison De Jeunes’.

Following their involvement in ‘Maison De Jeunes’, Songhoy Blues went back into the studio with Zinner, this time to record their debut full-length ‘Music in Exile’ released on Feb 23rd on Transgressive Records.

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