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Arles 2016 : Swinging Bamako

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In 1960, Mali became independent and, in the middle of the Cold War, chose to join the socialist bloc and definitively break with its colonial past. In this political context, seven young Malian students were sent to Cuba in 1964. A year later, they formed a band called Las Maravillas de Mali, which, despite themselves, symbolised alliances with the Eastern bloc and represented the joyous face of a ‘proletarian internationalism’ that Cuba aspired to lead.

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