Thursday, April 29, 2021

Remembering Songhoy Blues in Basel in 2016

Yesterday, when I wrote about seeing Tinariwen in Basel in November 2016, I misremembered something – it hadn't been that long since I'd danced that hard: that August, another band from Mali, Songhoy Blues, had played at the Im Fluss festival on the Rhine. They were fascinating to dance to, with the focus of the rhythm shifting in every song: just when I'd figured out I should follow the bass in one song, the next song's rhythm would center on the drums, and the one after that would be all about the guitar. And I was part of a small group of dancers who kept sharing smiles as the show went on. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 29 April 2021)

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