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Mali Blues (2017)

New at the Browning

Friday, April 13, 2018 9:30PM
Browning Cinema

Directed by Lutz Gregor
With Ahmed Ag Kaedi, Fatoumata Diawara, Bassékou Kouyaté
Not Rated, 90 minutes, DCP
In Bambara and French with English subtitles

The vibrant documentary of the Malian music scene, which was the birthplace of blues music, follows four artists: Fatoumata "Fatou" Diawara is a rising star on the global pop scene (memorably featured in Abderrahmane Sissako's acclaimed drama Timbuktu), Bassekou Kouyate is a celebrated ngoni player and traditional griot, Master Soumy is a young street rapper influenced by hip-hop, and Ahmed Ag Kaedi is the leader of the Tuareg band Amanar and a guitar virtuoso. Each combines rich musical traditions with contemporary influences (including, interestingly, Dire Straits) to find a respected and prominent position in the world music scene.

Ahmed Ag Kaedi, from the film, will be at Notre Dame on April 19 and 20 live-scoring Carl Dreyer’s silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Excellence in Documentary Film.

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