Mali Blues

Directed by Lutz Gregor
  • Germany-Mali
  • 90 mins
  • 2016
  • French, Bambara, Tamacheq (with English subtitles)

Considered the birthplace of the blues and jazz, brought later by abducted slaves to America’s cotton fields, Mali has always possessed a rich musical culture. Recently that culture has been threatened by radical Islamists. Mali Blues introduces us to Fatoumata Diawara, shooting star of the global pop scene, and other committed musicians fighting for unity and the freedom to express themselves through their music: world famous Ngoni player and traditional Griot Bassékou Kouyaté, street rapper Master Soumy, and Tuareg band leader Ahmed Ag Kaedi.


Supported by the Goethe-Institut Irland

A dazzling feast for the senses, electric colour and intoxicating music, Mali Blues will feed your soul.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director

Fatoumata Diawara
Bassékou Kouyaté
Master Soumy
Ahmed Ag Kaedi