As the world awakens to the musical talent throughout the African Continent, Mali’s Songhoy Blues are one of the many acts receiving their just due. Today, in collaboration with NPR and Tidal, they released “Bamako,” a sunny fusion of soul and funk. Lead singer Aliou Touré darts over a bed of searing guitar riffs and horns, setting the dance time mood.
The Johanna Schwartz-directed video aimed to reclaim the identity of Subsaharan Africa, showcasing each member enjoying themselves in the city. The highways are packed, the streets are bustling, and everyone’s in a joyous mood.
The crew ultimately meets up at the Tropicana Bar, where the band had residency during and after the recent Jihadist takeover. The video shows that although there may be perilous times in Mali, citizens can still have a good time and enjoy their life. “Bamako” is a single from their upcoming Résistance album, which will drop June 16th on Fat Possum Records/Transgressive Records. You can see the tracklisting below.
3. Sahara (featuring Iggy Pop)
4. Yersi Yadda
8. Ici Bas
9. Ir Ma Sobay
10. Mali Nord (featuring Elf Kid)
12. One Colour