The UN wants to send Danish troops to the civil war in Mali. But what kind of war are they being sent to? The current CPH:DOX film ‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’ provides a poignant insight into a life where the main actors do not fight with weapons, but with rhythms and drums. 

What is it like being a musician and living in the middle of a civil war, where music is banned?
The Malian queen of desert blues Khaira Arby visits Denmark in connection with the premiere of the film ‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’ and provide a subsequent concert at Global.

“There is no life without music” – Khaira Arby
For musicians in Mali, music is not about money or fame, but survival. When Al-Qaeda occupied northern Mali in 2012, western-inspired music became a mortal sin from one day to the next. Radio stations closed down, instruments were burnt and the Malian musicians were exposed to threats that forced people like Khaira Arby, Songhoy Blues and Africa Express to live a life in exile in the south, where the fear of the regime is constantly lurking.  To insist on music and freedom is a fight where one’s life is at stake, but it is also the Malian musicians’ only weapon against the invasion that has left Mali in ruins.

Film Q&A
The screening on October 29 will be introduced by the musician Khaira Arby, and after the film Arby will give a performance on Global! After the screening on November 5, there will be a Q&A with the director moderated by WOMEX.

Tickets for concert 29/10

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