Weekend World Music To get You Out Of The Office
This week, he turned me on to Songhoy Blues from Mali. Just watch the video and get ready to dance out of your office and enjoy the summer.
From the Songhoy Blues website:
Produced by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, K‚naan), “MUSIC IN EXILE” marks the arrival of a powerful and truly unique new band. Though their music bears elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, at its heart is Songhoy Blues‚ deep attachment to the homegrown songs and dances of Mali‚s Songhoy people as well as such iconic West African guitar heroes as Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré. Songs like “Irganda” and “Al Hassidi Terei” see Songhoy Blues blending the traditional and the modern, the homegrown and the foreign, the youthful and the ancient.
Jools Holland has introduced hundreds of established and new musical artists, from solo performers to bands and larger ensembles, since this program debuted on BBC2 in 1992. It’s still going strong more than two decades later, with millions of fans around the world — including those watching on Palladia in the U.S. — enjoying the hourlong episodes taped in a studio near Holland’s home in Kent, England. “Later …” features multiple songs by each guest, and Holland — a founding member of the band Squeeze — interviews one or more of the performers and frequently jams with them.