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  • 1Chez Fatimata03:08
  • 2Boogaloo Sera Mali02:51
  • 3Africa Mia03:10
  • 4Radio Mali (Havana 2016 Version)04:16
  • 5Maravillas de Mali03:20
  • 6Balomina Mwanga (Bamako 2016 Version)03:16
  • 7Africa Mia (Bamako 2016 Version)02:17
  • 8Lumumba03:26
  • 9Andurina03:46
  • 10Boogaloo Sera Mali (Bamako 2016 Version)03:16
  • 11M’a Mousso (Bamako 2016 Version)02:37
  • 12Soy Guajiro02:41
  • 13Chez Fatimata02:52
  • 14Africa Mia (Aerosteak Remix)03:52
  • 15Balomina Mwanga (Aerosteak & Funkfish Remix)03:14
  • 16Boogaloo Sera Mali (Aerosteak Remix)03:44
  • 17Chez Fatimata (Celestal Remix)02:53
  • Total Runtime54:39

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Hear the historic rebirth of Las Maravillas de Mali, as original member Boncana Maïga leads the Malian-Cuban band through their music 50 years after their formation.

This is a chance to hear the revolutionary sound of one of the first ensembles to combine Malian and Cuban influences as the rejuvenated music of Maravillas from their new record Africa Mia is performed with pianist Pepe Rivero and guest vocals from Guinean singer Mory Kanté.

It’s an extraordinary story. In the 1960s, a group of seven young Malians left for Havana to study music and form a band. They returned to their native country in the 1970s as Las Maravillas de Mali, hoping for concerts, success, and stardom – but it never came. Now, the sole surviving member of the group, Boncana Maïga, brings their blend of Latin American charangas and African traditional back to life.

Las Maravillas De Mali

Las Maravillas De Mali
Formed in the early 1960s, Las Maravillas de Mali became an iconic ensemble of the Afro-Cuban musical tradition, singing in Spanish, Bambara and French.

In the middle of the Cold War, the early 1960s was a period of Communist camaraderie between the Africa of independence and the revolutionary Cuba of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. In 1964, the Cuban government invited ten young musicians from Mali to study in Havana. These young artists spent seven years studying music in Cuba, marking the establishment of Las Maravillas de Mali.

The group recorded one self-titled album in 1968 that included the song that became one of the greatest hits in this revolutionary era: “Rendez-Vous Chez Fatimata,” combining Cuban influences with traditional Malian music.

Las Maravillas de Mali’s story came to the attention of French producer Richard Minier in 1999 and he worked to recreate the ensemble. Together with the band’s remaining survivor and original member, Boncana Maïga, Minier retraced the group’s steps and went to Havana on several occasions, re-recording new versions of the album’s songs in the same surroundings as before, in the now famed Egrem studios.

In 2018, the orchestra was revived again in an effort led by Malian musician and founder Boncana Maïga, Cuban pianist Manolito, Beninese vocalist Jospinto and Guinean vocalist Mory Kanté.

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