Events

Malian Psychedelic Rock Band Songhoy Blues Are Touring The U.S.

Songhoy Blues are bringing their electrifying Malian desert rock to America.


Malian desert rock group Songhoy Blues recorded one of our favorite albums of 2015, Music In Exile—a batch of songs influenced by the band’s displacement from their hometown after northern Mali was overrun by political turmoil.

The band’s story was extensively featured They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile, a documentary film, executive produced by Okayafrica, which follows Malian musicians as they confront the cultural repression sweeping through their country. The documentary will be getting its official American release in March & April.

Songhoy Blues are now bringing their electrifying live show to America and, later, the United Kingdom.

See the complete tour dates listed below and watch Okayafrica TV’s video of Songhoy Blues performing live in NYC.

Songhoy Blues Tour Dates

03/12 Meredith Supernatural Ampitheatre Meredith, Australia

03/30 San Diego CA @ Soda Bar

03/31 Los Angeles CA @ The Echo

04/01 Santa Cruz CA @ Kuuwamba Jazz

04/02 San Francisco CA @ Slim's

04/04 Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

04/05 Seattle WA @ Columbia City Theatre

04/08 Minneapolis MN @ Icehouse

04/09 Chicago IL @ Martyrs

04/10 Madison WI @ High Noon

04/12 Pittsburgh PA @ The Warhol Hall Museum: Entrance

04/14 New York NY @ Le Poisson Rouge

04/15 Wilmington DE @ Gild Hall

04/16 Allston MA @ Brighton Music Hall

04/19 Various Brighton Venues Brighton, United Kingdom

04/20 Old Market, Brighton Brighton, United Kingdom

04/21 Roundhouse London, United Kingdom

Music

Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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