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City Recital Hall Presents Songhoy Blues


Tue 22 Mar 2016, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $59.00
  • Concession: $49.00
  • City Recital Hall Members: $45.00
  • Under 30: $45.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: joannp6

"'Revelatory' is not an overstatement to describe the power of Songhoy Blues." – Billboard

“They really rock, playing with a passion that transfers to the audience, as heads nod and hips inevitably give way to shaking to the slinky grooves.” – The Quietus

Songhoy Blues are a truly unique new band. Their music calls on some elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, but deep at its heart is Songhoy Blues‚ an attachment to the homegrown songs and dances of Mali's Songhoy people as well as such iconic West African guitar heroes as Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré. Amidst the terror and displacement of war, music has triumphed, and created a beautiful, unique, & powerful desert rock collective.

Hailing from Gao, Oumar Touré and Aliou Touré grew up obsessed with hip hop, R&B, and classic rock like The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. They found a kindred spirit and musical brother in guitarist Garba Touré (son of Oumar Touré, long term percussionist in Ali Farka Touré’s band). When growing unrest in the north of Mali forced the young men and their families to take refuge in the southern town of Bamako, they decided to turn crisis into opportunity by forming a band. They enlisted drummer Nathanial “Nat” Dembele and baptized their band Songhoy Blues in celebration of their displaced people and culture.

They continue to gain momentum and fans worldwide – their eclectic sound speaking to a plethora of listeners.Following successful North American and African tours, Songhoy are bringing their debut release ‘Music in Exile’ to Australia for the first time. This music will get in your bones.