Mali’s Tuareg Refugee Creates ‘Songs of Freedom and Exile’

Fatimata Oumarr is the lead singer of the internationally-acclaimed Tuareg band Tartit.

She fled from her home in Timbuktu with her husband and 100,000 other Tuareg refugees, when the Salafist group Ansar Dine seized control of northern Mali in March 2012.

Now Fatimata’s home is a camp on the outskirts of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and her work and talent has become her means of resistance.

Filmed in late 2012 and early 2013, Songs of Freedom and Exile follows Fatimata as she and the band rehearse their repertoire – the lyrics of the songs they perform at a desert concert in Morocco reflect on the theme of Tuareg identity and self-determination.

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