2015 Germany - Documentary Released to Theaters and Festivals

Director: Lutz Gregor
Audio: Pascal Capitolin
Format: STEREO
Running Time: 91 Minutes
Production: Gebrüder Beetz Produktion


A Film about the unifying Power of Music

Mali, like many more places in this world those days, stands 2015 for fanatic murdering or so called terrorism. But for us it stands for outstanding music.I had such pleasure to record at "Festival sur le Niger" the powerful music the islamist wanted to shut down for ever.

Mali is often regarded as the cradle of today’s Blues and Jazz. For centuries music has strengthened Mali’s cultural identity, musicians are holding strong positions in society. MALI BLUES is a musical journey, discovering the country’s rich musical culture and it’s threat by radical Islamists. Fatoumata Diawara, the young shooting star of the global pop scene and other committed musicians are fighting for unity and the freedom to express themselves through their music, like world famous Ngoni player and traditional Griot Bassekou Kouyaté, street rapper Master Soumi and Tuareg band leader Ahmed Ag Kaedy. MALI BLUES gave me also the pleasure to work again with my colleague sound engineer Karsten Hoeffer, like 10 years before for the recording of Kinshasa Symphony. Since MALI BLUES will be released in 5.1 in your theater, I had a lot to do on live music recording and enjoyed the support, particularly during the Festival sur le Niger.

Music shows in MALI BLUES that it detains a strength that no radical Islamist can bring to silence. I do hope that the quality and the joy for music of those artists will with the help of this film will enter the life of many more.