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Malian Quartet Songhoy Blues Sing to Their Homeland in Exile

Three years ago, the singer of Malian quartet Songhoy Blues was fleeing Islamist militants who had banned all music. On Thursday, his group electrified the crowd with its relentlessly upbeat African rhythms at London's Village Underground venue. Many musicians joined the flood of civilians fleeing northern Mali after Islamist militants took over there in 2012, said Songhoy Blues singer and guitarist Aliou Touré, before the band's sold-out gig. "It was a question of...

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