Songhoy Blues

Songhoy Blues

Summer Series at Somerset House
with American Express®

Sun 16 Jul 2017
Doors 19.30
£29.50 + booking fees

For telephone bookings call 0844 847 2461 (booking with Ticketmaster, calls will cost 7p per minute plus your network access charge)

Edmond J. Safra
Fountain Court

The four young friends from north-eastern Mali who make up desert punk/blues band Songhoy Blues are set to light up our Summer Series once again with their infectious, joyful grooves.

The band’s story, set against a bloody and protracted civil war which banned music, is remarkable. In September 2013, a group of American and European musicians and producers led by Damon Albarn visited Bamako to record an album of collaborations and the band’s propulsive, gritty grooves instantly caught the attention of French music manager Marc-Antoine Moreau. They were invited to record a song with Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and their track  Soubour ended up being a stand-out on the subsequent Africa Express album Maison des Jeunes, with Zinner co-producing their debut album Music In Exile.

Following memorable appearances at Glastonbury Festival, Latitude Festival, Roskilde Festival and Green Man Festival, Songhoy Blues’ support slot in 2015 was one of the highlights of Summer Series, so we can’t wait to see them return as headliners this year.


+ Submotion Orchestra


"Incredibly rousing and intense"

Songhoy Blues, Al Hassidi Terei

Submotion Orchestra

This Leeds seven-piece produce kaleidoscopic, bass heavy bangers that draw on jazz, dub and ambient textures to create a lush backdrop for Ruby Wood’s classy vocals.

Submotion Orchestra, Trust/Lust

American Express is the headline sponsor of Summer Series at Somerset House

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