Songhoy Blues

SONGHOY RESISTANCE

Songhoy Blues

Résistance

“Résistance” was recorded at The Pool studio in London with producer Neil Comber (Django Django, MIA) and lyrically and sonically, is a huge leap forward for Songhoy Blues. A musical snapshot of a band at the top of their game. Richer, more eclectic and musically adventurous, it captures a band who, for the last three years, have toured the world and soaked up music far beyond the borders of their native Mali.

 

The band released their debut album, “Music In Exile”, in early 2015 receiving across the board praise, including a 5/5 rating in The Guardian who claimed, “they have all the makings of African-rock crossover heroes.” Rolling Stone named the band one of their 10 Artists You Need to Know, calling the album “a churning, loose-limbed garage-rock take on traditional Malian music.

 

The band has appeared on ‘Later…with Jools Holland’ and NPR Tiny Desk, and has been featured by radio tastemakers worldwide including BBC 6Music, KEXP and KCRW. They have also received a wave of acclaim for They Will Have To Kill Us First, an award-winning film which told the story of Songhoy Blues and the struggle faced by musicians in Mali.

 

With ‘Bamako’ we just wanted to write something fun and positive about where we come from. So much of what people hear about Africa is negative; bad news stories about war and famine just dominate the common image of Africa. But this track is about dispelling that image by describing something everyone can relate to – going out on a Saturday night – to show that Africa isn’t just what people see in the news, there’s so much more to it than that.”Aliou Touré

 

“A skittering disco-tinged guitar vamp slinks through the track alongside spaced-out synth lines and brassy horn blasts.”–Rolling Stone

 

“a sheer blast of positive energy.”–Clash

Listen: Songhoy Blues – “Bamako”

Songhoy Blues – “Bamako”