Songhoy Blues have teamed up with Afropunk and global music and entertainment platform, Tidal, to release the video for “Yersi Yadda,” from their critically acclaimed new album, Résistance, Transgressive Records released this past June. The album features contributions from Iggy Pop, Elf Kid, Stealing Sheep and Lxury. The band embarks on a European tour this fall in support of the record. A full itinerary is below.
“Yersi Yadda” finds the band focusing on the manipulation of religion as a means for conflict and violence. The band themselves know this personally, having been forced from their homes in Northern Mali after Jihadists took over, imposing sharia law and banning popular music, a topic which was documented in the 2015 documentary They Will Have to Kill Us First. The video was filmed partly in Porto, and partly in London, where the director found refugees from all over the world to feature.
In their premiere of the video, Afropunk write: “Résistance is bold, inspiring and outward-looking, perfectly reflecting the position in which the band have found themselves following the massive success of their breakthrough debut, Music In Exile, released in 2015. The album has been praised by NPR, The FADER and Rolling Stone, who go so far as to call it one of the best albums of the year so far, and has received received four-star reviews from The Guardian and MOJO, with the latter writing that it “bubbles with zest and vitality.”
Resistance was recorded in the autumn of 2016 at The Pool studio in London with producer Neil Comber (MIA, Django Django, Crystal Fighters, Declan McKenna).
With more time and a wider armoury of equipment at their disposal, the album is the sound of Songhoy Blues stretching themselves, with hints of R&B, soul and hip-hop all fusing seamlessly with the band’s trademark exuberant sound, with themes for our time that touch on everything from immigration and refugees, to the prevailing stereotypes of Saharan Africa, to nightlife of their hometown of Bamako.
Tidal’s commitment to connecting fans with their favorite musicians has spanned dozens of livestreams, thousands of ticket giveaways, and an extensive array of exclusive content – including: Tidal X 1015, a star-studded benefit concert; Tidal X livestreams from Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign, Alicia Keys and more; exclusive album premieres such as Beyoncé’s LEMONADE and Rihanna’s ANTI; unique content including Mr. Eazi’s Life is Eazi documentary, Rick Ross’ album annotations and more!
Songhoy Blues – Résistance album track listing:
3. Sahara (featuring Iggy Pop)
4. Yersi Yadda
8. Ici Bas
9. Ir Ma Sobay
10. Mali Nord (featuring Elf Kid)
12. One Colour
Watch the video for ‘Yersi Yadda’ here: