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- Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Amadou & Mariam release the digital EP Mali Meets Latin America in the US today as the Malian duo prepares to kick off a North American summer tour at Bonnaroo this weekend. The EP features remixes of four tracks from their 2012 album Folila by artists from Buenos Aires (Frikstailers and King Coya, aka Gaby Kerpel) and Bogotá (Bomba Estéreo and Sidestepper) and was inspired by the couple’s first visit to perform in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina in 2012, when they met several of the producers featured on this collection.
- Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Luminato Line-Up Includes Free Sets from Bombino, Amadou & Mariam, Laurie Anderson, Carolina Chocolate Drops
The line-up for the 2013 Luminato Festival in Toronto has been announced, and included among this year’s performers are Bombino, Amadou & Mariam, Laurie Anderson, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. All of these artists will give free concerts in David Pecaut Square at the Hub of the Festival, which runs from June 14 to 23. Among the Luminato Festival’s other highlights will be a multi-artist, two-night tribute to Joni Mitchell at Massey Hall.
About this Album
“There are going to be many people who will find they have three copies of this album by the end of this year: one that they bought themselves, the other two given by people who’ll say ‘I heard this and thought this is the kind of thing you like.’ And there will be people who will themselves have bought three or four copies to give to friends, saying ‘I know you’ve sworn you’ll never like an album not in English, but this is the one to win you over’.” —Charlie Gillett, English broadcaster and critic
Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia have been making music together since they first met and fell in love at the Institute for Young Blind People in Bamako, Mali’s capital, in the mid-1970s. They have been married and performing as a duo since 1980. While their music is based in a Malian-style blues, it has evolved to include a diversity of styles: French folk, Cuban son, reggae, and hip-hop, among others. Their success has recently grown beyond Mali’s borders to other African countries and Europe. In 2003, renowned musician Manu Chao invited Amadou & Mariam to record with him, and the result is Dimanche à Bamako (Sunday in Bamako). The album has been a major breakthrough for the duo, reaching the top of the French album chart, earning a Gold certification, and winning a Les Victoires de la Musique award, the French equivalent of a Grammy.
Manu Chao described his introduction to Amadou & Mariam in a Radio France Internationale interview: “I remember I was driving on the ring-road around Paris with the car radio on, and all of a sudden this song just burst out and grabbed my attention ... I rushed out and bought all their CDs … Every day I’d put their records on at home and when I started singing along, I’d add to them. All these ideas for melodies and backing vocals came into my head. It became a little game I played every day.”
He met the couple one day in a Paris studio “just to mess about and have a bit of fun,” and the three ended up recording for the next week, composing the basis for a new album that was later completed in Bamako. Amadou says the album is “based on a real principle of exchange,” a sentiment evidenced by the fact that Manu Chao shares the writing credit for many of the album’s songs.
When Manu Chao first heard the duo radio in 2003, the couple already had been well-known in France for several years, having had a radio hit with “Ma chérie, mon amour,” the single from their 1998 album Sou Ni Tilé (Night and Day), their first for a European major label. That same year saw the release of Se Te Djon Ye, a compilation of the duo’s early recordings. With each new release—The Ni Mousso (Man and Woman) in 1999, Wati in 2002—the duo has earned increasing international acclaim.
Mariam Doumbia, vocals (1, 4-13), chorus (3)
Amadou Bagayoko, guitar (1-7, 9-12, 14), vocals (3-5, 7, 9, 13)
Manu Chao, chorus (1, 3, 4, 10), guitar (1-8, 10, 11-13, 15), programming (2-6, 8, 11-15), vocals (5-8, 11-13, 15)
Mamadou, child vocals (1, 2, 8)
Check Tidiane Seck, keyboards (1, 4, 5), balafon keyboards (2)
Stéphane Sanjuan, tablas (1, 7), drums (10)
Philippe Teboul, percussion (3-6, 9)
Boubacar Dembele, djembe (3, 6, 9)
François Regis Matuszenski, keyboards (3, 14, 15)
Hakim Hamokrane, Stéphane Hamokrane, chorus (4)
Loïc Landois, harmonica (5, 8)
Nicolas Auriault, trumpet (5)
Pierre Gauthe, trombone (5)
Laurent Griffon, bass (6, 7, 9, 13)
Renaud Lacoche, musical saw (7)
Cédric Lesouquet, double bass (8, 12)
Ibrahim Maalour, trumpet (9)
Roberto Shilling Pollo Duarte, piano (10)
Roy Paci, trumpet (11)
Rossario, trombone (11)
Alain Hatot, clarinet and baritone saxophone (12)
Tiken Jah Fakoly, vocals (13)
Tiemoko Traore, Samou Bagayoko, Ousmane Sisse, chorus (13)
Produced by Manu Chao
Recorded between September 2003 and April 2004 by Laurent Jais, Antoine Halet, Marc-Antoine Moreau, and Manu Chao at Studios Davout, Cantina; Manu’s in Paris; Majul’s in Bamako; and Hotel Campement of Mopti
Assisted by Philippe Avocat and Jean-Loup Morette
Mixed at La Seine, Paris, by Laurent Jais
Edited by Manu Chao
Mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis
Tracks 3, 4, 7, 9, 10 written by Amadou Bagoyoko; tracks 2, 12 by Manu Chao; tracks 6, 14 by Mariam Doumbia; tracks 1, 15 by Mariam Doumbia / Manu Chao; tracks 5, 8 by Amadou Bagayoko, Mariam Doumbia, Manu Chao / Manu Chao; track 11 by Amadou Bagayoko, Mariam Doumbia / Manu Chao; track 13 by Manu Chao, Tiemoko Traore, Samou Bagayoko, Ousmane Cisse / Tiemoko Traore, Samou Bagayokogo, Ousmane Cisse
Design adapted by 3+Co.
Artistic Director and Executive Producer: Marc-Antoine Morea
This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States only.