REVIEW: Songhoy Blues at The Concorde 2, Brighton

Lead singer Aliou Toure
Lead singer Aliou Toure
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The story of Songhoy Blues is a remarkable one, worthy of any Hollywood script.

Run out of town by Islamist extremists for playing music, the band were discovered by Damon Albarn and his Africa Express project.

After a healthy summer of festival appearances and a triumphant Glastonbury, the Malian band are packing out venues in the UK.

Quickly settling into a groove that lasts all night, they are a happy mix of positive vibes and joyous smiles, that soon lifts the fog descending outside on the south coast venue.

Guitarist Oumar Toure’s infectious, hypnotic African-inspired blues riffs leads the way, but the star of the show is lead singer Aliou Toure.

His outrageous dancing and cheerleading has the audience in the palm of his hand.

The band’s album is aptly titled ‘Music in Exile’ but it’s in the live arena they are most worthy.

Victorious Festival next year? Now that would be something.