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Amadou & Mariam to Tour North America This Summer with Music from New Album, "Folila"

  • Monday, May 7, 2012
    Amadou & Mariam to Tour North America This Summer with Music from New Album, "Folila"

    Amadou & Mariam will tour North America this summer for the first time since 2009, stopping at festivals including Lollapalooza, Central Park SummerStage, Outside Lands, and Osheaga, in addition to headlining theaters and clubs. See below for all of the currently scheduled dates; for additional details and ticket links, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    On the tour, Amadou & Mariam will perform songs from Folila, the duo’s critically acclaimed new Because Music/Nonesuch Records album, which features contributions by Santigold, TV on the Radio, Nick Zinner, Theophilus London (who will open for Amadou & Mariam at SummerStage), Bassekou Kouyate, and others. Folila is produced by Marc-Antoine Moreau, who has worked with the duo since their 1999 debut, Sou Ni Tilé. They recorded the songs in New York and then re-recorded them, with more traditional instrumentation, in Bamako. The version of each song on the final album is a composite of tracks from both sessions, meticulously mixed together.

    Newsweek calls Folila “magic,” Spin deems it “the African record of the year,” and Pitchfork describes it as a “seamless synthesis of the music of their homeland and the music of the rest of the world.” The release prompted Interview to say, “If you’ve heard their songs described as ‘world’ music, you’ve been misled.”

    Folila is the first Amadou & Mariam studio album since Welcome to Mali, which garnered the duo their second Grammy nomination, a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, opening slots in stadium shows with Coldplay and U2, and vast critical praise. To pick up a copy of these records in the US, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s at checkout.

    On the summer tour, Amadou (vocals, guitar) and Mariam (vocals) will be backed by a band including Yves Abadi (drums), Yao Dembele (electric bass), Boubacar Dembele (percussion), Charles Frederic Avot (keyboards), and Mo DJ (DJ).

    AMADOU & MARIAM ON TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA

    Jul 31 9:30 Club Washington, DC
    Aug 1 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
    Aug 3 Osheaga Music and Arts Festival Montreal, QC
    Aug 4 Central Park SummerStage New York, NY
    Aug 5 Grant Park, Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
    Aug 6 Capitol Theater, Overture Center for the Arts Madison, WI
    Aug 7 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN
    Aug 10 Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands Festival San Francisco, CA
    Aug 14 Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre* Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug 16 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA

    * w/ Andrew Bird

on May 1, 2012 - 3:12pm
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Amadou & Mariam will tour North America this summer for the first time since 2009, stopping at festivals including Lollapalooza, Central Park SummerStage, Outside Lands, and Osheaga, in addition to headlining theaters and clubs. On the tour, Amadou & Mariam will perform songs from Folila, the duo’s critically acclaimed new album.

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Amadou & Mariam will tour North America this summer for the first time since 2009, stopping at festivals including Lollapalooza, Central Park SummerStage, Outside Lands, and Osheaga, in addition to headlining theaters and clubs. See below for all of the currently scheduled dates; for additional details and ticket links, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

On the tour, Amadou & Mariam will perform songs from Folila, the duo’s critically acclaimed new Because Music/Nonesuch Records album, which features contributions by Santigold, TV on the Radio, Nick Zinner, Theophilus London (who will open for Amadou & Mariam at SummerStage), Bassekou Kouyate, and others. Folila is produced by Marc-Antoine Moreau, who has worked with the duo since their 1999 debut, Sou Ni Tilé. They recorded the songs in New York and then re-recorded them, with more traditional instrumentation, in Bamako. The version of each song on the final album is a composite of tracks from both sessions, meticulously mixed together.

Newsweek calls Folila “magic,” Spin deems it “the African record of the year,” and Pitchfork describes it as a “seamless synthesis of the music of their homeland and the music of the rest of the world.” The release prompted Interview to say, “If you’ve heard their songs described as ‘world’ music, you’ve been misled.”

Folila is the first Amadou & Mariam studio album since Welcome to Mali, which garnered the duo their second Grammy nomination, a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, opening slots in stadium shows with Coldplay and U2, and vast critical praise. To pick up a copy of these records in the US, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s at checkout.

On the summer tour, Amadou (vocals, guitar) and Mariam (vocals) will be backed by a band including Yves Abadi (drums), Yao Dembele (electric bass), Boubacar Dembele (percussion), Charles Frederic Avot (keyboards), and Mo DJ (DJ).

AMADOU & MARIAM ON TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA

Jul 31 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Aug 1 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
Aug 3 Osheaga Music and Arts Festival Montreal, QC
Aug 4 Central Park SummerStage New York, NY
Aug 5 Grant Park, Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
Aug 6 Capitol Theater, Overture Center for the Arts Madison, WI
Aug 7 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN
Aug 10 Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands Festival San Francisco, CA
Aug 14 Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre* Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 16 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA

* w/ Andrew Bird

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Amadou & Mariam 2012 by Benoit Peverelli sq

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