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Title Samba Touré : live à Banlieues Bleues / une production la Huit ; en coproduction avec le Festival Banlieues Bleues, TV Fil 78, TVM Est parisien ; un film de Stéphane Jourdain
Published Paris, France : Qwest TV, 2015


Description 1 online resource (55 minutes)
Summary Samba Toure's life changed considerably when he met perhaps Mali's greatest musical luminary: Ali Farka Touré (an artist his mother had also played with). Before then he had been a singer in a multi-ethnic Malian group, whose variety helped bring minorities together. It was towards the end of the 1990s that he was recruited by the master to join his 1997 and 1998 international tours on backing guitar and vocals. In 2009, Samba Touré's international reputation shot to new heights as he was given the opportunity to record a tribute to Ali Farka - Songhaï Blues. It is a title that tells us a lot about the artist, about his connection to his cultural Songhai roots, and the blues component that runs through his veins. As evidenced within the first few minutes of this film - where he plucks an electric guitar in melodic unison with Malian vocals - he doesn't see the two as mutually exclusive. Quite the opposite. "I'm singing with my guitar," he says before finishing and exclaiming "that is the blues!" It is a fascinating idea, and one that Samba Touré illustrates by describing the distortion, the blues and the rock techniques that have long been a feature of North Malian village ceremonies, in a landscape completely separate from the Western conceptions of the genre. Rowan Standish Hayes
Notes Title from title screen (viewed December 12, 2022)
Performer Samba Touré, voice, guitar ; Djimé Sissoko, ngoni, tamani, chorus ; Ibrahima Séré, calebasse, chorus
Event Recorded live Maison du Peuple de Pierrefitte-sur-Seine 27 March 2015
Notes Introductions in French; music sung in Songhai-Zarma
Subject Blues (Music) -- Mali
Songhai (African people) -- Music
Genre/Form Concert films.
Blues (Music)
Form Streaming video
Author Jourdain, Stéphane (Film producer), film director
Huit Production, production company
TV Fil 78 (Firm), production company
TVM Est parisien (Firm), production company
Qwest TV, publisher
Banlieues Bleues (Festival), production company