Formed in Bamako, Mali, Songhoy Blues were born out of frustration due to unrest in the north of Mali, which had forced the members to seek refuge. Their first recorded material appeared on the compilation Maison des Jeunes, after they were invited to record with Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner. After a show in support of the album brought them to the U.K. at the end of 2013, the band returned to play a handful of gigs in London, Glasgow, and at the WOMAD Festival. While in the U.K., the group returned to the studio with Zinner to record Music in Exile (2015), which featured guitar work by Zinner as well as backing vocals from Blur's Damon Albarn. ~ Rich Wilson
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