Blog June 18, 2015
Songhoy Blues Live at Mercury Lounge
Malian rock band Songhoy Blues played at Mercury Lounge in New York on Tues., June 16, and they rocked the house. Their story is a fascinating one. Many of the best-known musicians from Mali usually hail from Timbuktu, Bamako, and even the small town of Niafunke, where the late Ali Farka Toure was from. Songhoy Blues began in Gao when Oumar Toure and Aliou Toure (no relation to Ali Farka Toure) started playing music and eventually hooked up with guitarist Garba Toure. Despite not having any relation to Ali Farka Toure, they are connected to him, as Garba's father was a percussionist in Farka Toure's band. [embed][/embed] The band gained wider recognition after they were showcased in the documentary They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile, which highlights the music ban in Mali by Islamic fundamentalists. They fled to Bamako and have been touring extensively since then. _DSC4893At Mercury Lounge, they put on an impressive and exuberant performance for a crowd that loved every minute of it. Check out some pictures from the show below. _DSC4944 _DSC4948 _DSC4958 _DSC5018 _DSC5083 _DSC5087 _DSC5123 _DSC5177 _DSC5194 _DSC5226 _DSC5267 _DSC5339 All photos by Atane Ofiaja.

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