Canadian music producer and musician Lewis Melville brings a group to Mali to share music and thus open the door to understanding. We are delighted on-lookers to wonderful musical collaboration. A Malian griot (storyteller/oral historian/musician) invites the group to make the 200 km journey by dusty, difficult road to his native village. A glorious three-day celebration erupts at Mansa Sissoko's return. But economic and health challenges in Mali are made sadly personal, and we ponder the possible results of ending the isolation with a good road. Can poverty and illiteracy be lessened while retaining safety and community?