We sincerely hope you've been enjoying the second Songhoy Blues album - Résistance. A second music video from the project has just gone online for Yersi Yadda which can be seen on the band's Vevo channel.
The album is available in a few different forms; so exclusively through the band's shop, you can get a clear vinyl pressing, very limited test pressings, t-shirt and art print bundles, as well as an all green tape. Independent record stores are stocking a yellow vinyl, whilst you can get the standard black version at places like Amazon. Of course, it's also available to stream and download through the usual places.
A few songs have become singles in the run-up to the release on 16 June 2017, and the album was announced with Bamako on 20 April and set the tone for the album.
"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."
That song has now also got a video filmed in the city of Bamako itself.
Then, returning the favour for his using a sample from Irganda on Reload That, Elf Kid appears on Mali Nord.
"With Mali Nord we wanted to talk about something close to both the band and Elf Kid: refugees and immigration. It's something that surrounds all of us, whether it's from Libya before the fall of Gaddafi, or Syria, or within Mali itself. All these refugees who are in camps, those who cross the Sahara to the sea to go to Europe to find a better life, many have lost their lives in the desert. Good lives. We wanted to deal with that because it feels like a point the media misses a lot of the time."
"Songhoy are a great band to work with because they are such good musicians and it's been my pleasure to be a part of the album. I love the fact that they can combine strong melodies with deep and meaningful lyrics. Working on this track was a challenge to bring our two worlds together, I can't wait to perform this live with them."
The final one to come out before the album was Voter, on 8 June 2017, very much intended to coincide with the recent UK General Election. The song is one of their most political yet, as the band explained online at the time: "If you're in the UK today then go out and vote and remember that not everyone is lucky enough to have a choice."
We hope you agree, but we think Résistance is bound to be a positive classic, it's more eclectic, adventurous and reflective of all the music they've absorbed over the last few years touring the world since their debut Music In Exile. It's also full of collaborations, so you can expect to hear vocals from Iggy Pop (!?!), Elf Kid and Stealing Sheep, and it was recorded with Neil Comber, who's previously worked with the likes of M.I.A., Django Django, Crystal Fighters and Declan McKenna.
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