Music Love Story Between Cuba And Mali

2021-05-25   |   by CusiGO

“My Africa” is a documentary that outlines the adventures of French music producer Richard minier (Orleans, France) to revive the spectacle of Mali, an African American Cuban charanga, which was a success in the 1960s. On May 28, fcat opened. The film is a summary of minier’s 18 years of unremitting work. Minier signed the script, production, directing and photography, and shot for 180 hours. The project was completed in 2018 and began in 1999. When he first went to Bamako, the capital of Mali, he learned that there was a mythical band composed of seven young Malians. In 1964, he won a scholarship from the Cuban government to study music in Havana. It became the first organization to bring back to the continent the rhythm of African slaves brought to the island in the 16th century. Two way music.

“I started this project when I was 30 years old, and now I’m 52 years old. So it’s a project in my life, and it has become a very personal thing, because I want to reconvene the musicians of marvellous Mali in Havana, when five of their seven members were still alive, but four of them disappeared on the way. In the end, what used to be a record turned into a movie. Now it’s just bocana MAIGA, who is 80 years old and we have become very good friends, “he explained on the phone from Paris minier, who directed the documentary with Edouard salier.

“My next project will be shorter,” joked the producer, who met Alio Traore (violin) on his first trip to Bamako. This is an introduction to other young people he went through the Cuban adventure with from 1964 to 1973: dramena kulibari (flute), BAHA tapo (percussion instrument), Mustafa Saho (violin) and boncana MAIGA (flute). At first, MAIGA didn’t want to know about it, but it turned out that he was the only one who could realize the dream of a music producer and re recorded songs that were so successful in revolutionary Cuba, such as rendevus Chez fatimata.

“In terms of the diversity of stories, African films are Pandora’s box,” said fcat director mane Cisneros. It’s an intimate film, very personal, closely related to the reality of the African continent, always boiling, “he added. My Africa, after several international festivals, premiered in Spain, is a good proof. The 18th fcat will take Sudan as its guest country, showing 60 films before June 6, of which 23 will participate in two competing parts: farsightedness (9 feature films) and short-term (14 short films). The entire program will be broadcast in three talifa spaces (Cadiz) and can also be seen on film.

“My Africa is a very powerful story, but unfortunately, when I started looking for funding, the revival of club Buena Vista (the 1996 Wenders Documentary) was too close. In France, I love the idea, but they told me it’s not the right time. It wasn’t until 2015 that I found financial support, and by that time, four miracle musicians in Mali had died, even though they appeared in documentaries, because I had all the recording materials, “comments Meier.

The cultural reconciliation programme between the philosophic governments of Modibo Keita and Fidel Castro aims to train young Cubans to become teachers in Mali without music schools. ” They selected 10 people from all over the country, they have a certain understanding and enthusiasm of music. Two years later, three of them gave up the project. The only one with experience is bokana, who is only 16 years old and is the leader of Nigerian black band. His mother didn’t want him to be a musician; So in order to keep him away from that atmosphere, he got him a clerical job; But what he did was create another pretty good band, “says minier.

The documentary begins and ends with a picture of boncana MAIGA in El Malecon. The master, known as the master in Havana, returned to Decca records in 2018 to record these African Cuban songs with artists like Roldan Gonz รก lez, which were sung by African artists for the first time.

After his first opera, Africa and attitude, the French producer is working on a documentary series about new artistic trends, and plans to include the Rwandese version of Romeo and Juliet in the novel to tell the love story between Tutsi and Hutu.

Fcat is a small, remote and cross-border Film Festival, and its budget has been decreasing, from 600000 euros in 2011 to 150000 euros this year, because it is the only competitive African Film Festival in Spain. ” This year, due to the limitations of the epidemic, Tangier will not show, but can continue in film. Last year, we had 45000 viewers, some face-to-face and some online; So this hybrid system already exists, “says Mann sisneros.