Detroit Film Theatre

Concert of Colors: MALI BLUES

Saturday, July 15, 2017

4:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Mali/Germany/2016—directed by Lutz Gregor)

The West African country of Mali is a birthplace of the blues, a musical tradition later carried by the transatlantic slave trade to America. Yet today, the music and musicians of Mali are in danger as dance and secular music are increasingly prohibited, musical instruments are destroyed, and musicians are forced to flee their homeland. The vibrant documentary Mali Blues follows four artists: Fatoumata "Fatou" Diawara is a rising star on the global pop scene (memorably featured in Abderrahmane Sissako's Oscar® winning drama Timbuktu) preparing for her first concert in her home country; Bassekou Kouyaté is a celebrated ngoni player and traditional griot; Master Soumy is a young street rapper influenced by hip-hop; Ahmed Ag Kaedi is the leader of the Tuareg band Amanar and a guitar virtuoso. Each combines rich musical traditions with contemporary influences, using music to inspire tolerance and peace. (90 min.) Free Admission. Presented in partnership with the 25th Concert of Colors.

“A triumph for Fatou and for Mali’s music traditions.” –CBC Music