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Simon Broughton

Songhoy Blues are one of the best young bands in Africa. They owe much of their rapid success to the Africa Express project and opening for Damon Albarn at the Royal Albert Hall in 2014.

Their 2015 debut, Music in Exile, was hailed as thrilling rock ’n’ roll from West Africa, with superb guitar work.

Resistance is musically richer and more varied, with rock guitars and pumping bass on Bamako and an acoustic guitar sound and violin on Hometown.

On Sahara, Iggy Pop sings English vocals about the western perception of the region: “You can hear the music of the spheres.”

Throughout, plenty of West African flavour shines through.

They headline at Somerset House on July 16.

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Songhoy Blues are one of the best young bands in Africa. They owe much of their rapid success to the Africa Express project and opening for Damon Albarn at the Royal Albert Hall in 2014.

Their 2015 debut, Music in Exile, was hailed as thrilling rock ’n’ roll from West Africa, with superb guitar work.

Resistance is musically richer and more varied, with rock guitars and pumping bass on Bamako and an acoustic guitar sound and violin on Hometown.

On Sahara, Iggy Pop sings English vocals about the western perception of the region: “You can hear the music of the spheres.”

Throughout, plenty of West African flavour shines through.

They headline at Somerset House on July 16.

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