Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Our debut performance on Stephen Colbert aired last night! Check out this exclusive performance of ‘Barre’ from OPTIMISME live from Kalaban Koro, Mali. Thanks, Stephen!!
Peace Through Music
We’re honoured to be a part of Peace Through Music: A Global Event for Social Justice, in partnership with the United Nations. Please join us along with Aloe Blacc, Peter Gabriel, Run the Jewels, Annie Lennox, Ringo Starr, Mavis Staples, Yo-Yo Ma, Carlos Santana, Gary Clark Jr., Rhiannon Giddens & over 100 more artists for this important global peace initiative. Visit peacethroughmusic.live to see us perform with amazing musicians around the world on a cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Get Up Stand Up’ – featuring Cedella Marley, Skip Marley and Keith Richards!
New Video For ‘Badala’
Conceived by the band & directed by previous collaborator Mr. Haidara, the video was shot on location in Bamako, Mali and features dancers & models from the local scene, plus a biker gang (Motards Team Bamako), who literally steals the show.
‘Ir Badala’ translates from the Songhai language as ‘We Don’t Give a ****”
Garba Touré from the band said:
“’Badala” is a video that we have dedicated to the freedom and validation of the young. We encourage you to watch the video and share your experiences of freedom and validation in 2020 to inspire others”
The New Album Out Now
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From The Band…
“Such a special day for us at such a special time. To have the title “Optimisme” at a moment when the whole world must be optimistic to overcome and eradicate this pandemic! We want to take the opportunity to ask everyone to go listen to this album. Your response is so meaningful and heartwarming for us. Stay at home and respect the social distancing measures. A big thank you to all who had the courage to buy this album.” – Garba Toure
“Today is the day for us to be proud of the fight we have continued since the political crises began in Mali in 2012. We have the honor to present to you “Optimisme” a rock’n’roll album from Northern Mali, our home. It is full of the positive energies that we want to share with you at a time when the whole world is in need. This album denounces the corrupt management of the African continent in general and Mali in particular. It gives hope to life because we believe in peace, in freedom, and in the defeat of religious extremism. We thank all our fans around the world who have enjoyed and followed us since the beginning of the adventure. There are too many to name.” – Oumar Toure