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Editors’ Notes

On Folila, Amadou & Mariam join forces with an international cast of musicians to further expand their heady blend of African and Western musical modes. The husband and wife have gained fame for creatively fusing sounds from their native Mali with rock and R&B elements. Their latest album is less a radical departure than a confirmation of how universal their music has become. Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs holds a fiery guitar summit with Amadou on “Dougou Badia,” a seething track also featuring Santigold's hypnotic vocals. Mariam’s stirring voice is counterpointed by the lighter tones of Scissor Sister Jake Shears on the churning “Metemya.” “Wily Kataso” enlists Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio to create a bouncy yet relentless groove with dub overtones, while “Oh Amadou” achieves a swirling incantatory quality with help from Noir Desir’s Bertrand Cantat. More traditionally West African in feel are sweet, sparse tracks like “Cherie” and “Sans Toi.” Amadou & Mariam bring an enraptured authority to their work, weaving rhythmic spells with palpable emotion that speaks beyond the confines of language.

Customer Reviews

Mali as a source for Music

Bertrand Cantat was recently promoting the album and said something that I think sum up the collaboration work on this new album (sorry it's in French) : "pour toute personne qui aime la musique, même si ça paraît banal de le dire, le Mali, c’est la source. Ça ne peut pas faire de mal de s’y abreuver. Et puis, il y a évidemment la leçon de vie et d’humilité permanente que les Africains vous donnent sans l’asséner lourdement, qui s’avère toujours salutaire."

Unbelievably outstanding

I can't even remember how I stumbled across this album, or Amadou and Miriam. This is completely outside of my normal tastes and doesn't match the rock, hip-hop or pop that I have on my iPod. However, "Folila" gets more plays than almost anything else I have on iTunes. I simply can't get tired of it! It's both relaxing, yet energizing. The language is beautiful, the rhythm is vibrant and it always moves me. I am so happy that I got this album and because of it, Amadou and Miriam have become one my favorite duos.

Formidable !

Some of the finest music to come out of Africa, courtesy of this wonderful husband and wife duo. Pick up any of their remixes available and start dancing ! What other gems are there to discover from Mali, or the African continent ?

This song, brilliant as usual !

Biography

Genre: World

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

A musical husband-and-wife duo that got its 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...
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Folila, Amadou & Mariam
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Electronic, Rock, Afro-Pop, Prog-Rock/Art Rock
  • Released: Apr 03, 2012

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