The first original soundtrack recording from Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and producer of Songhoy Blues’ critically acclaimed debut also features rare and unreleased music from the documentary including Bombino, Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate and Fadimata ‘Disco’ Wallet Oumar.
Directed by Johanna Schwartz, ‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’ was premiered at the SxSW Festival in 2015 and went on to pick up acclaim at various film festivals around the globe before receiving a UK cinema release in the autumn of 2015.
The film loosely tells the story of the oppression of music and musicians in Mali by Taliban extremists and the remarkable narrative that brought Songhoy Blues to a world stage.
In 2012 Islamic extremists banned music in Northern Mali. ‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’ is an extraordinary account of how musicians resisted the ban and brought music back to their homeland. This documentary film has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences across the globe since its world premiere at SXSW in 2015. Gaining remarkable access, director Johanna Schwartz weaves together a story of courage under fire, reveals rare footage of jihadists in action in Mali, accompanies musicians on perilous homecomings to war-torn cities and charts the near overnight success of Songhoy Blues, a band that went from refugees on the run to international superstars in less than two years.
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