Mali Blues

A film by Lutz Gregor.

The West African coun­try of Mali is con­si­de­red the birth­place of the blues and jazz, brought later by abduc­ted slaves to America’s cot­ton fiel­ds. For cen­tu­ries music has streng­t­he­ned Mali’s cul­tu­ral iden­ti­ty, musi­ci­ans are hol­ding strong posi­ti­ons in socie­ty. Following Fatoumata Diawara, shoo­ting star of the glo­bal pop sce­ne, MALI BLUES is a musi­cal jour­ney, dis­co­vering the country’s rich musi­cal cul­tu­re and it’s thre­at by radi­cal Islamists. On our way we meet other com­mit­ted musi­ci­ans, who are figh­t­ing for unity and the free­dom to express them­sel­ves through their music, like world famous Ngoni play­er and tra­di­tio­nal Griot Bassekou Kouyaté, street rap­per Master Soumy and Tuareg band lea­der Ahmed Ag Kaedi.

Deutschland/Mali 2016, 90 Min., bam­ba­ra, ara­bisch, frz. OmU
Regie: Lutz Gregor
Kamera: Axel Schneppat
Schnitt: Markus Schmidt, Michelle Barbin
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