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'They Will Have To Kill Us First' Tees & Sweatshirts Now Available In The Okayafrica Shop

Head to the Okayafrica Shop today for official 'They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile' merchandise.


Head to the Okayafrica Shop today for They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile tees and sweatshirts.

Now playing in theaters across North America, the Johanna Schwartz-directed feature-length documentary follows a group of musicians in Mali–including recent breakout stars Songhoy Blues along with Khaira Arby, Moussa Sidi and Fadimata “Disco” Walet Oumar–in the wake of the 2012 jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music.

We’re excited to carry the film's official merchandise. Every order includes two temporary tattoos.

They Will Have To Kill Us First temporary tattoos. Source: @abiolaoke1
Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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