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'They Will Have to Kill Us First' is Now Available to Watch Online

Malian music documentary 'They Will Have to Kill Us First' makes its online debut.

If you’ve been following our site over the past year, you may be familiar with They Will Have to Kill Us First. Perhaps you were even lucky enough to catch it in theaters.


Johanna Schwartz’s masterpiece of a documentary is finally available to watch online.

They Will Have to Kill Us First, which Okayafrica is an executive producer, documents the aftermath of the 2012 Islamic extremist takeover of northern Mali that saw musicians forced into hiding after all music was swiftly banned. Rather than laying down their instruments, Mali’s musicians fought back, standing up for their freedoms and using music as a weapon against the ongoing violence that has ravaged their homeland.

The musicians we meet in the film risk their lives to keep Mali’s musical tradition in tact. There’s the four young men who make up Songhoy Blues, the sensational ‘desert punk and blues’ band that made history last year as the first African band signed to Atlantic Records since 1972. The beloved “Nightingale of the North” Khaira Arby is a living legend who worked tirelessly to put on the first public concert in her hometown, Timbuktu, since the ban on music. Fadimata ‘Disco’ Walet Oumar is a renowned singer who advocates for the Tuareg women of refugee camps in Burkina Faso. We also see the heartwrenching story of Tuareg guitarist Moussa Sidi and his return home from exile.

The film’s soundtrack, composed by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and featuring contributions by Songhoy Blues, the late Malian legend Ali Farka Touré and his son Vieux Farka Touré, Toumani Diabaté, Bombino and more, was released earlier this year on Knitting Factory Records.

Rent or buy They Will Have to Kill Us First over at Amazon. The film is also available to purchase on DVD in the U.S. as of this week.

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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