Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Amadou & Mariam Release "Mali Meets Latin America" EP, Launch North American Tour
Amadou & Mariam release the digital EP Mali Meets Latin America in the United States today on Because Music / Nonesuch Records, just as the Malian duo prepares to kick off a North American summer tour at Bonnaroo this weekend. 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. The EP is now available at iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store. See below for Amadou & Mariam's currently scheduled tour dates; for additional details and tickets, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.
Mali Meets Latin America features remixes of four tracks from Amadou & Mariam's latest album, Folila, which recently 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.
AMADOU & MARIAM ON TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA
||World Cafe Live
||Paradise Rock Club
||Iron Horse Music Hall
||Cedar Cultural Center
||Ann Arbor Summer Festival
||Ann Arbor, MI
||Cleveland Museum of Art at Transformer Station
||Festival International de Jazz de Montréal**
||Festival d'été de Québec
||Québec City, QC
||The Fonda Theatre
||Davies Symphony Hall†
||San Francisco, CA
* w/ Bombino
** w/ Fatoumata Diawara
† w/ Toumani Diabate