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The blind Malian duo of guitarist/vocalist Amadou Bagayoko and vocalist Mariam Doumbia — who are also husband and wife — have been playing together since the early ‘80s. They fuse local elements with rock and other styles to create African–rooted pop with global appeal. 2011’s Remixes draws its source material from albums such as Wati (2003), Dimanche à Bamako (2005), and Welcome to Mali (2009). It opens with Bob Sinclar’s charged version of “Africa,” which features the Somali-Canadian MC K’NAAN. The remix is fairly straightforward, but its pumped-up beats point it toward the dance floor. Akon brings a sense of swing to “Coulibaly,” which also finds the Senegalese-American hip-hop artist on the mic; the Barbadian-Brit Ashley Beedle’s take on the same song has fluttering guitar decorations and drums that tumble. Remixes includes three interpretations of “Sabali,” Amadou and Mariam’s catchy hit from Welcome to Mali. Grey X Sage’s take spotlights the lover-man rapping of Theophilus London; Vitalic’s version brings out the song’s neo-‘80s sense of grandeur and rhythm; and Miike Snow’s reworking closes things out.

Customer Reviews

The Best Remixes

Not a remix fan, but this album of world remixes is a must have

Bridging Musical Rifts

Being an Electronic House & Alternative Dance Remix DJ for fifteen years, I haven't ventured into the World music genre aside from Goa Trance, but Amadou & Mariam: Remixes is a must have whatever beat of the drum you may follow.

Love it!

Great album. I'm glad that important gents like Miike Snow have taken their music and exposed it in this new cool form. Love the remixes.


Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A musical husband-and-wife duo who got their start in Mali, Amadou & Mariam met in 1975 at Mali's Bamako Institute for the Young Blind. Amadou (born Amadou Bagayoko in Bamako in October of 1954) began his musical career in 1968, and by 1974 had joined Les Ambassadeurs du Motel, a leading group (which counted Salif Keita as a member) in his home country. He wound up at the aforementioned institute after becoming blind as a teenager through a congenital cataract. His future wife, Mariam Doumbia (born...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Dance, Worldbeat, Afro-Pop
  • Released: Jan 11, 2011

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