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From Mali to Michigan: A Musical Bridge
Producer: Louise Bourgault & Robert Thomson
2006
Color
28 minutes
US/Mali
English/French/Bamanan
English
From Mali to Michigan: A Musical Bridge
A documentary about musical collaboration in the global age, From Mali to Michigan follows African World Music pop diva and griotte (traditional female bard) Naïny Diabaté during her 2005 visit to the Northern Michigan University. The film traces the musical history of Mali, including the development of pop music in the country. Shot on location in Mali and Michigan, the documentary highlights the rich cultural and performative heritage of Ms. Diabaté’s native Mali and features the star’s lively collaborations with musical artists from Michigan and with students from Northern Michigan University.
Awards

• African Literature Association, 2011
• Best Arts and Cultural Production, Michigan Association of Broadcasters, 2007
• Best Television Program, Good News Award, Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette, 2007
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