SONGHOY BLUES Ré­sis­tance

Trans­gres­sive

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

There’s heart ga­lore in both the mu­sic and story of these north Malian gui­tar slingers. Driven out of their home­land by Is­lamist ji­hadi hard­lin­ers, Garba Touré and his fel­low Songhoy youths joined forces in Ba­mako to cre­ate thrilling, colour­ful desert grooves full of hyp­notic swathes and punky, punchy vigour. Their sec­ond al­bum is equally as lively and joy­ous as their 2015 Mu­sic In Ex­ile de­but with its ir­re­sistible blend of blues, funk, rock and soul. There are some guests on board for the ride like Iggy Pop (talk­ing about a paucity of pizza on Sa­hara) and grime star Elf Kid, but there’s lit­tle in that brace which sticks. The real gems come when the Songhoy crew start to swing and sculpt their own glory days. Ba­mako is fired up like the JBs at full pelt, there’s brassy dev­il­ment pow­er­ing Dabari and mus­cu­lar gui­tar riffs act­ing as scaf­fold­ing on Voter. songhoy­blues.com JIM CAR­ROLL

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