We're super excited to announce that Songhoy Blues have a new album coming, it'll be called Résistance, and comes out 16 June. As a first taste Bamako is now available to stream, or download with pre-orders!
"With Bamako we just wanted to write something fun and positive about where we come from. 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."
This album is bound to be a positive classic, it's more eclectic, adventurous and reflective of all the music they've absorbed over the last few years touring the world since their debut Music In Exile. It's also full of collaborations, so you can expect to hear vocals from Iggy Pop (!?!), Elf Kid and Stealing Sheep, and it was recorded with Neil Comber, who's previously worked with the likes of M.I.A., Django Django, Crystal Fighters and Declan McKenna.
If you don't use Spotify, Bamako can be heard in a whole bunch of different ways - just head to songhoyblues.com. That site also has all the information on the pre-order options, including test pressings, a clear vinyl, green tapes and t-shirt and art print bundles - all exclusive to the band's shop.
It's going to be a big year, as to go with the new music, the band will also be back out on tour with shows already confirmed at Glastonbury, Les Ardentes, Afropunk and Somerset House. The full list of shows in UK & Europe are below, and all their international dates on their site.
14 - La Maroquinerie [PIAS] Nites in Paris, FR
24-26 - Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, UK
25 - Body & Soul Festival in Kilrush, IE
7 - Amal Bluesfest in Amal, SE
8 - Les Ardentes in Liege, BE
13 - Pete The Monkey Festival in St Aubin Sur Mer, FR
15 - Afropunk Festival in Paris, FR
16 - Somerset House in London, UK
18 - Beautiful Days Festival in Escot Park, UK
19 - Doune The Rabbit Hole in Stirling, UK
22 - Liverpool Festival Of Psychedelia in Liverpool, UK
1 - Anson Rooms in Bristol, UK (Tickets)