News: Songhoy Blues – Music In Exile deluxe edition + new EP

Posted on: Thursday, Oct 22, 2015

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Songhoy Blues, the brilliant band from Mali, release a deluxe version of their debut album will also be released on Friday, 6th November, 2015 on Transgressive Records.

The deluxe edition, released on CD and download, features three new tracks: staggering re-interpretations of tracks by some of the group’s key influences.

A re-versioning of the Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go features new lyrics addressing the difficult decision confronting refugees around the world – a literal “Should I Stay?” and suffer persecution at home or “Should I Go?” and face potential social injustice and prejudice.

An extraordinary re-working of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir, fully endorsed by Jimmy Page after initially gracing the cover of Mojo Magazine, and a stunning version of Manu Dibango’s classic Soul Makossa, which might be the band’s greatest musical performance to date, also feature on the deluxe edition.

The three extra tracks featured on the deluxe album will also be available on the same day as a stand-alone 12” titled Re-Covered.

Also, They Will Have To Kill Us First, a film which tells the story of Songhoy Blues and documents the current struggle faced by musicians in Mali, centred around the banning of music by Islamist militants, is set to have a cinema release in the autumn. It received its premiere at this year’s SxSW Festival.

Watch the trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TX7ybW6nAQ

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