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August 13, 2017Film
Mali Blues tells the story of four female and male musicians from the West African country, Mali, who espouse with their music a tolerant Islam and a country at peace. Mali Blues is a powerful testament to Mali's music and a tribute to the resilience of its people.
The West African country of Mali is considered the birthplace of the blues, brought later by abducted slaves to America's cotton fields. For centuries traditional music has unified Mali's society, yet the music of Mali is in jeopardy. Radical Islamists introduced Sharia law in the country's northern part, prohibiting dance and secular music, destroying instruments and threatening musicians. Many musicians fear for their lives and flee from the region around the cities of Timbuktu and Kidal. Mali Blues tells the story of four musicians who refuse to accept hatred, suspicion, violence, and a radical interpretation of Islam in their country.
International star Fatoumata Diawara, Ngoni virtuoso and griot Bassekou Kouyaté, rap artist Master Soumy, and guitar virtuoso Ahmed Ag Kaedi – they all have one thing in common: their music unites, comforts and heals, and it lends the people the vigor to bring about change and a mutual future in peace.