Le Mali 70 | DOCUMENTARY | BY MARKUS CM SCHMIDT
Popular music has its roots in West Africa, and especially in Mali. In Berlin, a bigband discovers old vinyls from the Malian Bigband era, music which embodied the hope for Malian independence before a coup brought an end to the big band scene. Inspired by these songs, the Berliners travel to Mali to find the heroes of their vinyl-collection. There they research the origins of the songs, marvel at old archive footage and play jam-sessions with forgotten Malian stars, leading often to heated arguments over the correct beats, and record an album in Salif Keita's studio in Bamako.
Director MARKUS CM SCHMIDT | Producer FLORIAN SCHEWE | Camera MARTIN LANGNER | Editor MARKUS CM SCHMIDT
Co-Production with Formwillen (Berlin)