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Bird Messenger [in developpement]

A documentary directed by .




As he was a child in the north neigh­bor­hoods of Bamako, Drissa Konaté helped his aunt who was knit­ting new born cloths by draw­ing birds on it. Rejected by his fam­ily because he pre­ferred paint­ing than pray­ing, Drissa forged the basis of his art in the street, by great fres­cos dis­sem­i­nated on the Malian capital’s walls or by the local bus dec­o­ra­tion. He is today the leader of an artis­tic move­ment wide­spread through­out all West Africa under the name of “Roots art”: an adap­ta­tion of African tra­di­tional arts to mod­ern paint­ing. His sig­na­ture, “Birdy Mes­sen­ger”, appear every­where over streets, bars or exhi­bi­tions, as the sym­bol of this new emerg­ing artist gen­er­a­tion con­scious of her tra­di­tional richness.

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