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Errol's Pick

Songhoy Blues is the name of a young band from Mali that mixes West African rhythms with rock 'n roll. They recently released their debut CD and our music columnist Errol Nazareth says they couldn't have come up with a more perfect name for their band and their album. "Music In Exile" came out at the end of last month and these guys throw down a propulsive, groove-heavy mix of African, blues and rock. The band's name is a celebration of the Songhoy, which was one of the most prominent and powerful ethnic groups in Mali. Songhoy Blues got its big break in 2013 after one of their songs appeared on a compilation titled "Africa Express". The buzz around them has grown louder, and at the end of last month, they were signed by the iconic Atlantic Records label. Songhoy Blues are also featured in a film titled "They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Musicians In Exile". The film is about the Islamic extremists who tried to ban music in northern Mali. @ErrolNazareth

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