It is with great sadness that we have reached a decision to cancel our upcoming UK and Europe festival dates.

We have been working very hard to make these shows happen logistically, but the current Covid variant uncertainty, vaccination, testing and quarantine requirements, and international travel restrictions have rendered the dates now unviable for us.

We are truly very, very sorry that we cannot share these moments with you. We are so desperate to play, and to connect with you guys, and we are heartbroken that it is not possible for us to be there right now.

We remain Optimistic that we will come through this difficult international situation and share our energies again soon.

Stay safe and continue to look after each other.

Songhoy Blues


C’est avec une grande tristesse que nous avons pris la décision d’annuler nos prochains festivals au Royaume-Uni et en Europe.

Nous avons travaillé très dur pour que ces spectacles aient lieu d’un point de vue logistique, mais l’incertitude actuelle concernant la variante Covid, les exigences en matière de vaccination, de tests et de quarantaine, ainsi que les restrictions en matière de voyages internationaux ont rendu ces dates non viables pour nous.

Nous sommes vraiment très très désolés de ne pas pouvoir partager ces moments avec vous. Nous avons tellement envie de jouer et d’être en contact avec vous, et nous avons le coeur brisé de ne pas pouvoir y être pour le moment.

Nous restons optimistes quant à notre capacité à surmonter cette situation internationale difficile et à partager à nouveau nos énergies prochainement.

Restez en sécurité et continuez à prendre soin les uns des autres.

Songhoy Blues

Songhoy Blues will not be performing at the following dates:

28.08 – The Wardrobe, Leeds
29.08 – Red Rooster Festival, Suffolk
01.09 – Helsinki Festival, Helsinki
03.09 – Wide Awake, London
04.09 – End of the Road Festival, Dorset

Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Our debut performance on Stephen Colbert aired last night! Check out this exclusive performance of ‘Barre’ from OPTIMISME live from Kalaban Koro, Mali. Thanks, Stephen!!

Peace Through Music

We’re honoured to be a part of Peace Through Music: A Global Event for Social Justice,  in partnership with the United Nations. Please join us along with Aloe Blacc, Peter Gabriel, Run the Jewels, Annie Lennox, Ringo Starr, Mavis Staples, Yo-Yo Ma, Carlos Santana, Gary Clark Jr., Rhiannon Giddens & over 100 more artists for this important global peace initiative. Visit to see us perform with amazing musicians around the world on a cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Get Up Stand Up’ – featuring Cedella Marley, Skip Marley and Keith Richards!

New Video For ‘Badala’

Conceived by the band & directed by previous collaborator Mr. Haidara, the video was shot on location in Bamako, Mali and features dancers & models from the local scene, plus a biker gang (Motards Team Bamako), who literally steals the show.

‘Ir Badala’ translates from the Songhai language as ‘We Don’t Give a ****”
Garba Touré from the band said:

“’Badala” is a video that we have dedicated to the freedom and validation of the young. We encourage you to watch the video and share your experiences of freedom and validation in 2020 to inspire others”


The New Album Out Now


From The Band…

“Such a special day for us at such a special time. To have the title “Optimisme” at a moment when the whole world must be optimistic to overcome and eradicate this pandemic! We want to take the opportunity to ask everyone to go listen to this album. Your response is so meaningful and heartwarming for us. Stay at home and respect the social distancing measures. A big thank you to all who had the courage to buy this album.”Garba Toure

“Today is the day for us to be proud of the fight we have continued since the political crises began in Mali in 2012. We have the honor to present to you “Optimisme” a rock’n’roll album from Northern Mali, our home. It is full of the positive energies that we want to share with you at a time when the whole world is in need. This album denounces the corrupt management of the African continent in general and Mali in particular. It gives hope to life because we believe in peace, in freedom, and in the defeat of religious extremism. We thank all our fans around the world who have enjoyed and followed us since the beginning of the adventure. There are too many to name.”Oumar Toure