Having already had a hugely successful 2015, including a recent nomination in the ‘Best New Band’ category at this year’s Q Awards, Songhoy Blues go into the end of the year by announcing their biggest UK headline show to date and a deluxe version of their much-acclaimed debut album, Music In Exile.
The deluxe edition, released on CD and download, features 3 new tracks: staggering re-interpretations of tracks by some of the group’s key influences. A re-versioning of the Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go features new lyrics addressing the difficult decision confronting refugees around the world - a literal “Should I Stay?” and suffer persecution at home or “Should I Go?” and face potential social injustice and prejudice. An extraordinary re-working of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir, fully endorsed by Jimmy Page after initially gracing the cover of Mojo Magazine, and a stunning version of Manu Dibango’s classic Soul Makossa, which might be the band’s greatest musical performance to date, also feature on the deluxe edition.
The 3 extra tracks featured on the deluxe album will also be available on the same day as a stand-alone 12” titled Re-Covered.
Praise for Music In Exile:
Etching out their own groove – 4/5 Daily Telegraph
They have all the makings of African-rock crossover heroes – 5/5 The Guardian
Thrilling and vital young African band – 4/5 Mail on Sunday
Persuasively propulsive as anything so far released this year – 4/5 Independent
Set to take London by storm – 4/5 Eve Standard
If you thought guitar music was dead, think again – 4/5 Daily Mirror
A triumph – Observer
A masterpiece, blending American guitar licks with Malian groove – 8/10 NME
Incredibly rousing and intense – 4/5 Mojo
Grit, urgency and delicacy in abundance – 4/5 Q
Having made their first appearance in London in July 2014 at the Servants Jazz Quarters, the band play The Roundhouse in London on Saturday 21st May 2016 – a staggering ascent for any band.
Tickets are on sale now via http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2016/songhoy-blues/