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Bamako is a miracle



Switzerland, 2002, DV - Color - 52

DIRECTED BY:
maurice engler/samuel chalard/arnaud robert

SCREENPLAY:
maurice engler/samuel chalard/arnaud robert

PRODUCER:
maurice engler/samuel chalard/arnaud robert

STORY DESCRIPTION:

The biggest modern jazz trombone player is settling down in Bamako - Mali - during one month. January 2001, Roswell Rudd from New York, leader of a free “avant-garde” since the sixties, makes playing Thelonious Monk to griots from Bamako. On his side, the genius of the Kora (African harp) Toumani Diabaté is teaching him melodies note by note. Through the recording of a CD, it is all the exciting meetings between different cultures that are highlighted. The obvious conflicts between producer Verna Gillis - who launched Salif Keita and Youssou N’Dour - and the African musicians, but also the magic of a two cultures merging. " Bamako is a miracle " is an unseen documentary film. Because it reveals the backdoor of fusion processes which becomes generalized, and also because it shows how much the musical creation puts you always on the edge.
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