Mali Blues (2016)
Director: Lutz Gregor
Synopsis: 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.
Release Date: June 30, 2017 (USA) | Length: 90 min | Genre: Music | MPAA Rating: NR
Note: Officially premiered at the Munich International Film Festival on June 24, 2016. Icarus Films recently bought the rights to release the film in the US.