We Face Forward: Contemporary art and music from West Africa

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Band on the Wall presented a series of films about African music concerts which took place in Manchester from June to September, called We Face Forward, including AfroCubism. AfroCubism was a project which was first conceived in 1996. The plan was to bring Cuban musicians and their Malian counterparts together to record in Havana and explore their shared musical history. But the Malians didn’t make it to Cuba and so an exclusively Cuban album was recorded instead and so began the legend that became the multi-million selling Buena Vista Social Club.