Composed by Fatoumata Diawara & Amine Bouhafa, ‘Timbuktu Fasso’ features on the soundtrack to Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar-nominated Timbuktu
In the new issue (June #108) Yoram Allon speaks to the Mauritanian filmmaker about the place of music in the film (below is an extract from the issue feature).
Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Academy Awards and the recipient of numerous international accolades, Timbuktu presents a place ruled by religion, and a people traumatised by division.
In the film’s most heart-breaking scene, Fatoumata Diawara, an accomplished actress in her own right, plays an intensely powerful cameo as ‘la chanteuse’, a local young woman who is publicly flogged after being caught during an innocent evening with friend simply singing and playing music.
The music in Timbuktu is not exclusively Malian, or even West African, in origin, but is added to by sounds from Arabic-influenced North Africa and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa. Sissako explains that a certain amount of commercial necessity lay in these decisions. “Although this is clearly a specifically Malian story, we needed to find ways of connecting with a wider international audience so that it could travel and be seen as a more universal cautionary, tragic tale.”
Timbuktu is released by Artificial Eye on May 29. Read our review and feature in the new issue.