Songhoy Blues’ cover of Should I Stay or should I Go is taken from their 2015 EP Re-Covered. Songhoy Blues are a desert blues group from Timbuktu in Mali. The band was formed in Bamako after being forced to leave their homes during the Mali war and the imposition of Sharia law. In 2012, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) took control of the north of Mali, who in turn were pushed out by Ansar Dine, a jihadist group which banned cigarettes, alcohol and music. The Clash’s originsl version of Should or Stay or Should I Go first appeared on their 1981 album Combat Rock. Ten years later it became the band’s only number one UK single when it was re-released following its use in the Levis jeans commercial Pool Hall Clash.
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