Malian blues rock band Songhoy Blues performing "Barre," an original song from their latest album Optimisme, live outside in Bamako, Mali. Barre—meaning "change" in Songhai—calls on the youth to rise up and take action.
Written and performed by lyricist Alfred Howard. Inspired by an encounter Alfred had with an audience member after he read a piece called "Definition of Patriotism" at an anti-war protest, this poem explores the many things that unite us as a human race.
For this version, we added Skip and Cedella Marley, Malian blues rock band Songhoy Blues, harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar and an excerpt of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
Turn it up and enjoy this bluesy rendition of "Merry Christmas Baby" performed by our friend Keb' Mo'. Happy Holidays!
Shot on location with musicians from Senegal, Mali, Brazil, South Africa, Italy, Japan, USA, the Netherlands, and Jamaica,