Nahawa Doumbia has been one of the most popular singers in Mali since the 1980’s. She sings about love but also about Malian women’s living conditions which can be very difficult on account of polygamy or forced marriages. Nahawa Doumbia is all the more endearing as she perfectly mixes respect of traditions with a will to make morals evolve. As a result she has become more and more successful. The film presents Nahawa Doumbia’s everyday life in Buguni, the little town where she is from. With her we discover how rich the musical tradition of her region is. We also present her during rehearsal sessions with her musicians in Bamako and just before the concert she gave at Saint Denis Gerard Philippe Theatre for 1996 Christmas Eve Africolor Festival.
Nahawa Doumbia: going back to the roots
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