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‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’ – Incredible story of Mali’s musicians comes to Liverpool

As part of the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, Africa Oyé are delighted to be co-presenting a screening of the incredible They Will Have To Kill Us First at FACT.

The groundbreaking film reveals how Islamic extremists have banned music in Mali and how its world-famous musicians won’t give up without a fight. They Will Have To Kill Us First tells the story of these brave artists and their battle for the right to sing.

One of the key groups featured in the film is desert blues foursome, Songhoy Blues, who will headline Liverpool Psych Fest, which takes over Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle on 22nd & 23rd September. The band have previously toured with Africa Oyé in 2015 and Oye’s Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney is thrilled to be able to showcase their story in Liverpool.

“It’s a really important documentary” said Duhaney .”Not just for Malian music but for everyone around the world who is fighting for their art and culture in the face of extremism.”

Unsurprisingly, the film is accompanied by a rich soundtrack, with music from the likes of Africa Oyé alumni Khaira Arby and Amkoullel, as well as Fadimata ‘Disco’ Walet Oumar, Moussa Sidi and of course, Songhoy Blues.

Hailing from the town of Gao in north-eastern Mali, Songhoy Blues came together in Bamako, naming themselves in celebration of their displaced Songhoy people and culture. Their break came in September 2013 when the band were invited to record with Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the Africa Express album, Maison des Jeunes.

They Will Have To Kill Us First will be screened at FACT in Liverpool on Thursday 14th, September at 6:15pm. Advanced booking is advised.

They Will Have To Kill Us First
14th Sep, 2017 // 6:15pm
FACT, Liverpool
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