La Linea 2019 Tickets

Barbican Hall, London
Thursday 2nd May 2019 7:30pm
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Buy Tickets for La Linea 2019 Presents: Maravillas de Mali

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Witness 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 Kante.

In the decade before the rightly feted Orchestra Baobab began their reinterpretation of Afro-Cuban music from their base in Senegal, a group of young Malians had crossed the Atlantic to Cuba to learn at the source.

It’s an extraordinary story. In the 1960s, a group of seven young Malians left for Havana to study music and form a band. In the middle of the Cold War, these young people spent seven years studying music in Cuba, marking the beginning of an adventure for Las Maravillas de Mali, the only group singing in Spanish, Bambara and French. Those close ties became even more tangible when the group recorded its only album, Las Maravillas de Mali, and it included a song that became one of their greatest hits: Rendez-Vous Chez Fatimata. Combining Cuban influences with traditional Malian sounds, not only did the song bring all of Africa dancing to its feet: it also deeply marked the history of both African and Latin music.

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.

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How to book: E:access@barbican.org.uk T:020 7382 7389/7083Discounts available Inductions loops. Guide Dogs welcome Can also loan wheelchairs. Adapted unisex toilets on stalls level. All floors served by lifts, Hall seating is over 3 levels. The rear of the Stalls and the rear of the circle are the most accessible. Hand rails on one side of steps. A more suitable accessible entrance available.


The Barbican is clearly sign-posted and has four car parks. Two are off Beech Street (westbound access only) and two are off Silk Street near the main entrance. Please allow plenty of time for your journey. All car parks have a height restriction of 6'1\". If the Barbican car parks are full, alternative parking is available in Aldersgate Street.


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A free cloakroom service is available immediately prior to performances.
The main cloakroom on the Stalls floor is open from 5:15pm until 30 minutes after the event on performance days. Opening hours can vary depending on our event programme.
Alternative cloakroom facilities are also available at the art gallery on level 3 during exhibition hours.
For your comfort and safety all large bags and packages are required to be deposited in our cloakrooms before taking your seat.

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