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{Amadou & Mariam}


I've been a fan of Amadou and Mariam even before the married couple from Bamako released their critically acclaimed (Manu Chao-produced) Dimanche à Bamako album in 2006 and am looking forward to hearing their forthcoming album Welcome To Mali.

One thing is certain they have become a world music act that it's safe for music fans of all genres to admit liking. The duo even had a number one hit in Germany with the official theme for the World Cup. The two blend Malian blues with Western pop and Welcome To Mali finds them getting even more experimental.

Damon Albarn (producer) touches appear on the opener "Sabali", in which he tweaks Amadou & Mariam's sound in exactly the right direction. Welcome to Mali officially comes out March 24th. They will be headlining a Spring tour and will be opening for Coldplay in July.

Have a listen...


Watch "Sekebe" live @ Studio 104 in France Right Here

Hear more from Amadou & Mariam's MySpace

Pre-order Welcome To Mali Right Here.

Here's an old video for "Je Pense a Toi"...

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