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Songhoy Blues

  • EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney) 11-17 Stoke Newington Road London, England, N16 8BH United Kingdom (map)

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We’re delighted to have Songhoy Blues play an iteration of their in-demand live shows, right here at EartH. And boy do they have some good gig stories.

In the summer of 2016, Songhoy Blues played one of their strangest gigs yet. As night didn’t quite fall in the North Atlantic, with midnight approaching, the Malian quartet took to a tiny stage built on an AstroTurf football pitch in the village of Syðrugøta in the Faroe Islands, where they were among the headliners at G! Fest. In the face of teeming rain and strong winds, singer Aliou Touré and his bandmates played to an audience of a few hundred Faroese, and within moments had them all dancing in their fishing sweaters.

“The most important thing in music is the way you share the emotion with the crowd,” Aliou says. “That is one of the powers of music. When you get in a club, people are drinking and dancing and talking, but when you turn the music off, people leave the club, get out of the club one by one. Which means they are not there for the drink, they are not there for each other. They are there for something else, for the power of music. When I’m on stage I’m inside the music and that love andhappiness I feel on stage, I am trying to bring people with me to feel the same thing.”

No matter how distant the audience was from Songhoy Blues’ home in Bamako, the Malian capital, Touré felt he was representing his homeland, but also that he could learn something from these new, distant places. “Every time we went somewhere, to a new country, we saw how people live there, how people think there, and it gave us the chance to make a comparison between every single part of the world and Mali. That pushedus to think about what’s going on in Mali: how come we are like that all the time, and these other countries live peacefully?”

But whether whether Mali is in the grip of strife, or pulling itself back together, the essential message of the music made by the group remains the same, one of communicating the joy of music.

“When I’m on stage I need to feel the music I’m making,” Aliou says. “And I bring people with me to have that feeling with me. I’m kind of in a trance when I’m on stage, and I always want to share that happiness. I want to share that happiness and love.”

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