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Source:  The New York Times.

The takeover of northern Mali between 2012 and 2013 by radical Islamist forces got a powerful fictionalized treatment in the widely acclaimed 2014 film “Timbuktu,” directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. An issue touched on in that picture was the banning of music by the jihadists. And one of the performers in it was a real-life singer, songwriter and guitarist, Fatoumata Diawara.

“Mali Blues,” a new documentary directed by Lutz Gregor, tells the real-life story of Ms. Diawara and three other major Malian musicians as they collaborate in the capital city, Bamako.

Read more at The New York Times.

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