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Bamako is a Miracle
Running Time: 54 minutes
Cast: Roswell Rudd, Toumani Diabaté, Verna Gillis
Director: Maurice Engler
Description: [Screening @ the Tiburon Film Society]
The greatest modern jazz trombonist makes his home in Mali for a month. The New Yorker Roswell Rudd, a leader of uninhibited avant-gardism since the 60s, plays Thelonious Monk to griots in Bamako, in January 2001. In turn he is taught, note by note, their traditional tunes by Toumani Diabaté, the kora (African harp) genius.
A hybrid is adventured upon through the recording of a CD. An undertaking which will include an unavoidable conflict between the producer - Verna Gillis, who launched Salif Keita and Youssou N'Dour - and the African musicians; but will also reflect the magic of the two cultures brought together.
Bamako is a Miracle is an unparalleled documentary. Not only because it shows how it can be behind the scenes of an approach (fusional), which is becoming widespread, but because it shows just how "on the edge" musical creativity really can be.
- TV festival “Medias Nord Sud”
- Maine Film Festival (USA)
- Roma Independent Film Festival (Italy)
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