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April 16, 2021 - May 6, 2021
All Day
Normal Theater
209 W North St

Normal, IL 61761
$12 to watch online
Group photo of Las Maravillas de Mali
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The Mali-Cuba Connection - Virtual Screenings

Friday, April 16, 2021

In the midst of the Cold War, ten young promising musicians from Mali are sent to Cuba to study music and strengthen cultural links between the two socialist countries. Combining Malian and Afro-Cuban influences, they develop a revolutionary new sound and become the iconic ensemble ‘Las Maravillas de Mali’. But political turmoil in 1968 prevented the group from reaching their full potential. This entertaining new documentary centers around what happened when the band reunited more than 50 years later. "From Bamako to Havana, with the help of Malian singer Salif Keïta, musician of the Super Rail Band Cheick Tidiane Seck and the widow of the group's pianist, the two directors bring back a magnificent moment of World Music, while exploring important historical events." ~ Le Nouvel Observateur "Vibrant, touching, colorful, this film is a magnificent celebration of life and music." ~ Le Figaro