“Le Message Du Issa Ber”, the message from the Niger River along its desert shores has been captured and canned by sound engineer Quino Piñero and a musicology research team. The sounds emerging from this Northern Malian region are the main characters in this film, a journey through the music of the different cultures and genres coexisting in the Niger Bend, all sharing a common interaction with the same river. “Le message Du Issa Ber” is the result of five years of music production and research by SolySombra Recordings in Mali funded by the Bibliographic Archives of the Junta de Andalucia. All footage taken during these years as document material, has been put together with a sample of the audio works to share the musical universe of this remote region.
Quino Piñero is a sound engineer, music producer and documentary filmmaker who has been working since 2001 between Africa and Europe under his label SolySombra Recordings. Parallel to his music/ documentary productions, Quino has worked as a sound engineering lecturer with the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation (AECID). At the moment he is based in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) working on his next documentary project for which he’s collaborating with legendary and upcoming local musicians.