The Mali Cuba Connection / Africa Mia


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In the midst of the Cold War, ten young promising musicians from Mali are sent to Cuba to study music and strengthen cultural links between the two socialist countries. Combining Malian and Afro-Cuban influences, they develop a revolutionary new sound and become the iconic ensemble ‘Las Maravillas de Mali’. New Year’s Eve 2000. Richard Minier, a French music producer meets a former member of the band in Bamako and decides to bring the band back together.

"From Bamako to Havana, with the help of Malian singer Salif Keïta, musician of the Super Rail Band Cheick Tidiane Seck and the widow of the group's pianist, the two directors bring back a magnificent moment of World Music, while exploring important historical events." ~ Le Nouvel Observateur

"Vibrant, touching, colorful, this film is a magnificent celebration of life and music." ~ Le Figaro

  • Year
  • Runtime
    81 minutes
  • Language
    French, Spanish, English Subtitles
  • Country
    Cuba, Mali, France
  • Premiere
  • Director
    Edouard Salier and Richard Minier