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Malian Psychedelic Rock Group Songhoy Blues Performs Live On Okayafrica TV

Watch Songhoy Blues play an electric rendition of "Soubour" in New York City, a highlight from their debut album 'Music In Exile.'


Mali’s desert rock ensemble Songhoy Blues made waves this year with the release of their debut album Music In Exile. The collection of 11 songs is shaped by the band’s displacement after their hometown of Gao in northern Mali was overrun by conflict in 2012.

The band had a strike of luck after cold-calling an Africa Express producer while he was in Bamako, which eventually led them to record with Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner and sign with Atlantic Records—becoming the first African act the major label has signed in over 40 years.

The band’s story is prominently featured in the documentary film They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile, which follows Songhoy Blues and other Malian musicians as they resist the cultural repression sweeping through their nation.

Okayafrica TV recently captured Songhoy Blues’ electric live set during their show at Rough Trade in New York City. Watch our music video style clip of the group performing "Soubour” below, which we’re dropping today in conjunction with the release of They Will Have To Kill Us First across the UK & Ireland, as well as the formation of the Music In Exile fund.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

B3nchMarQ and the Art of Making Something From Nothing

B3nchMarQ's EP consists of great songs that don't require much from the listener—but it bangs.

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Nasty C and French Montana Hit the Club In the Video for ‘Allow’

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Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

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