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Watch: Amadou & Mariam Perform in "A Room for London"

Amadou & Mariam: "A Room for London," May 2012
Amadou & Mariam, whose new album, Folila, was released in the US last month via Because Music / Nonesuch Records, were the latest artists to perform in A Room for London, a riverboat lodged atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, with their set last Wednesday. The performance, part of the Sounds from a Room series, was held in A Room for London, a one-bedroom situated on the roof of the Hall. The nearly 40-minute set, featuring songs from the new album, was projected live via large screen at Queen Elizabeth Hall and streamed live online. You can now watch the complete performance below, via the Guardian.

Earlier events at A Room for London include a Sounds for a Room performance from Laurie Anderson and a new soundwork by David Byrne. Other performers in the series include Andrew Bird, Imogen Heap, Baaba Mal, and tUnE-yArDs. A Room for London, a collaboration between Artangel and Living Architecture, in association with Southbank Centre, is also hosting artists of other disciplines invited to use the room as their studio to reflect on its place in the world in 2012 through writings, readings, performances, and more. For more information, go to

Folila, Amadou & Mariam's first studio album since 2009's acclaimed Welcome to Mali, was helmed by longtime producer Marc-Antoine Moreau and epitomizes the duo's embrace of collaboration, with contributions by Santigold, TV on the Radio, Nick Zinner, Theophilus London, Bassekou Kouyate, and others. "The result," says Relix in a recent album review: "a funky, intricate and textured record, where the guest talent never takes center stage to Mariam’s smooth vocals or Amadou’s incendiary guitar."


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