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Behind the music of our new Tallboy video

The idea behind the Tallboy 3 video was to bring together two of South Africa’s greatest mountain biking exports; downhill racer Greg Minnaar, and the Absa Cape Epic MTB stage race.  But the African connection didn’t stop there. The music on the video is the  work of a great band called Songhoy Blues from Mali, West Africa. 

We were lucky enough to catch up with Songhoy Blues while they were on a tour stop here in Santa Cruz.  We got to show them around town, explain a bit about what we do, and even snuck out for a quick ride before they had to dash off to sound check. It was humbling, but a seriously good time with some seriously inspirational guys.   

The band are one of the principal subjects of a powerful documentary film called "They Will Have To Kill Us First" which chronicles Malian musicians' fight with the extremist forces that have seen music banned in much of the country.  Against all the odds, Songhoy Blues create music that bears elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, but retains a deep attachment to the homegrown songs and dances of Mali’s Songhoy people.

We don’t usually plug music tracks on our films so overtly… but felt "Al Hassidi Terei" deserved more than a simple song credit.  It’s the third song on their debut album “Music In Exile”, which was co-produced by Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame.

Big thanks to Garba Touré, Aliou Touré, Oumar Touré, Nathanael Dembélé, the Songhoy Blues management and tour crew, and Warner Music for bringing this all together. 

The guys are still on tour now, and we highly recommend checking them out if they come to your area.  Music in Exile is available on SpotifyApple Music and iTunes, and you find them in social land at - @songhoyblues on InstagramTwitter and Facebook

April 26 — 2016 | News

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