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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
Over the course of the last several years, Amadou & Mariam’s music has become increasingly expansive, while remaining anchored by their trademark West African blues-rock. Manu Chao and Gorillaz front man Damon Albarn, in addition to their longtime producer/manager Marc-Antoine Moreau, have produced their recordings. In the same spirit of openness, the self-billed Blind Couple from Mali played a key role in Albarn’s multi-artist Africa Express concerts, and, more recently, performed informal L’Afrik C’est Chic jam sessions with various special guests in London and New York. Folila, their new album, due out April 10, 2012, on Because Music / Nonesuch Records, epitomizes their embrace of collaboration, with contributions by Santigold, TV on the Radio, Nick Zinner, Theophilus London, Bassekou Kouyate, and others.
Folila is produced by Marc-Antoine Moreau, who has worked with the duo for the entirety of their professional career. They recorded the basic tracks in New York and then re-recorded them in Bamako. For the final album, they chose tracks from both sessions. From the first few seconds of the opening track, “Dougou Badia,” the music is instantly recognizable, with Amadou’s signature electric guitar soon joined by Mariam’s distinctive voice. Santigold, who co-wrote the song with Mariam, joins her on vocals. Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) complements Amadou on guitar on this and other tracks.
Other notable collaborations include “Wily Kataso,” featuring TV on the Radio, and “Nebe Miri,” with the hip-hop artist Theophilus London. Bassekou Kouyate, another Malian artist who has accomplished a remarkable crossover in the US, plays ngoni on several songs.
Folila is the first Amadou & Mariam studio album since Welcome to Mali, one of the most critically acclaimed recordings of 2009. An 8.4 review in Pitchfork said, “Inevitable is a good word for the stardom of Amadou & Mariam. People this amazingly talented and open to new sounds and ideas rarely remain obscure, especially after so many years honing their craft and building their catalog…This album is an affirmation of global connectivity and an emerging global culture that transcends and repurposes tradition as it sees fit—the sound of Mali merging with the world at large.” Indeed, the album won them their second Grammy nomination, a performance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” opening slots in stadium shows with Coldplay and U2, and plaudits from the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, TIME, SPIN, Rolling Stone, FADER, and many others.
Mariam Doumbia, vocals (1-3, 6-9, 12)
Amadou Bagayoko, guitars (1, 3-10, 12), vocals (2-6, 8-11), electric guitars (2, 11)
Santigold, vocals (1)
Nick Zinner, guitars (1), electric guitars (2), acoustic guitars (11)
Bertrand Cantat, guitars (1, 7, 10), backing vocals (2), vocals (3, 5, 6, 9), harmonica (3, 8), doumdoum (3), electric guitars (11)
Antoine Halet, guitars (1, 3), acoustic guitar (2)
Boubacar Dembélé, djembé (1, 5, 7, 9, 10), balafon (5), calbass (8), crincrin (10), doumdoum (10), congas (12)
Vieux Dembélé, djembe (1, 5, 10)
Sanogo Foussin, doumdoum (1, 2, 5), crincrin (5)
Ahmed Fofana, bass keyboards (1), flute (7), camel n'goni (12)
Tunde Adebimpe, vocals (2)
Kyp Malone, vocals (2)
Yao Dembélé, bass (2-12)
Ahmed Fofana, keyboards (2, 5), camel n'goni (8)
Bassekou Kouyaté, n'goni (2, 3, 9)
Victor Axelrod (Antibalas), keyboards (3, 11), Wurlizer (4)
Yvo Abadi, cymbals (3, 9), drums (4, 6, 7), percussion (11)
Jake Shears, vocals (4)
Laurent Griffon, bass (4)
Sanogo Foussin, doumdoum (4, 7, 9, 10, 12), calbass (12)
Idrissa Soumaro, organ (4), piano (9)
Jordan McLean (Antibalas), trumpet (6)
Nadav Nirenberg (Antibalas), trombone (6)
Stuart Bogie (Antibalas), tenor saxophone (6)
Jared Tankel (Antibalas), baritone saxophone (6)
Amp Fiddler, keyboards (6)
Ebony Bones, vocals (7)
Zoumaina Tereta, sokou (8)
Christophe Millot, bass clarinet (9)
Abdallah Oumbadougou, vocals (10)
Theophilus London, vocals (10)
Tanti Kouyaté & her choir, choir (12)
Toumani Diabate, kora (12)
Sikidi Diabate, kora (12)
Manjul, percussion (12)
All songs produced and arranged by Marc-Antoine Moreau in collaboration with Antoine Halet
All songs mixed by Antoine Halet at Studio Davout (La Partie Son), Paris, except track 2 mixed by Kennie Takahashi; tracks 4, 12 mixed by Renaud Letang at Studio Ferber, Paris, assisted by Thomas Moulin; track 11 mixed by Josh Grant at Downtown Music Studios, New York
Engineered by Antoine Halet at Studio Davout (La Partie Son), Paris, and at Manjul Studio, Bamako; and by Josh Grant at Downtown Music Studios, New York
Mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis, London
Written by Mariam Doumbia & Santigold / Mariam Doumbia (1); Mariam Doumbia , Tunde Adebimpe & Kyp Malone/ Mariam Doumbia (2); Amadou Bagayoko (3); Amadou Bagayoko, Jake Shears, Marc-Antoine Moreau / Amadou Bagayoko (4); Amadou Bagayoko & Bertrand Cantat / Amadou Bagayoko (5, 6, 9); Mariam Doumbia & Ebony Bones / Mariam Doumbia (7); Mariam Doumbia / Amadou Bagayoko (8); Amadou Bagayoko, Abdallah Oumbadougou / Amadou Bagayoko (10); Amadou Bagayoko & Theophilus London / Amadou Bagayoko (11); Mariam Doumbia (12)
Santigold appears courtesy of Atlantic Records; Bertrand Cantat appears courtesy of Barclay / Universal Music France; Jake Shears appears courtesy of Polydor UK/ Universal Music UK; Abdallah Oumbadougou appears courtesy of Original Dub Master; Theophilus London appears courtesy of Warner Bros Records
This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States only.