Sons of Mali. Groundbreaking Artists. Refugees. Virtuosos. Survivors. Rock Stars. Unforgettable and undeniable, Songhoy Blues represent the future of African rock n’ roll and release their third album, Optimisme, out on Transgressive Records.
This 11-song, multilingual album marks a real musical breakthrough. Musically harder, steeped in deep traditions of classic Malian music and desert blues and fused with an urgent and super-charged sound of now, the album was produced by Matt Sweeney of beloved indie rockers Chavez, who’s worked with a host of celebrated artists including Johnny Cash, Run the Jewels, El-P, Cat Power and Will Oldham, and recorded and mixed by Daniel Schlett (The War on Drugs, Modest Mouse, GhostfaceKillah) in Brooklyn, NY.