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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
Amadou & Mariam release the digital EP Mali Meets Latin America in the United States on June 11, 2013, on Because Music / Nonesuch Records. The four-track EP of remixes from Buenos Aires and Bogotá was inspired by the couple’s first visit to perform in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina last Autumn, when they met several of the producers featured on this collection.
Mali Meets Latin America features remixes of four tracks from Amadou & Mariam's latest album, Folila, which won a French Victoires de la Musique award and was nominated in the Best Contemporary World Music category at this year’s Grammy Awards.
The EP opens with "C’est Pas Facile Pour Les Aigles," remixed by Frikstailers, the collaboration of Córdoba, Argentina-based artists Rafa Caivano and Lisandro Sona. Their multilayered compositions combine Dancehall, Hip Hop, Baile Funk, Cumbia, Dub, House, Kuduro, Electro and Techno. Next comes "Dougou Badia," a track featuring Santigold, in a remix by King Coya, the alias under which Argentine electronic music artist Gaby Kerpel reinterprets cumbia. Both producers come out of the Buenos Aires-based ZZK collective and record label.
Bomba Estéreo, which offers "Sans Toi - Sierra Remix" to the EP, is based in Bogotá and is among the best known of the new wave of Colombian groups that channel traditional Colombian rhythms, such as cumbia, with contemporary electronica and rock. Closing out the EP is "Chérie - Antilles Mix" in a remix from Sidestepper, the Colombian band, led by English DJ and producer Richard Blair, credited, in part, with inspiring a new generation of alternative Colombian artists.
This EP is available from Nonesuch in the United States only.