Taken from 2008 LP “Welcome to Mali” on Because UK records.
Perfect for a lazy bank holiday with the sunshining down, I must be getting soft in my old age but I love this tune so much.
Welcome to the world of Amadou & Mariam, a sphere that now stretches from the dusty streets of Bamako to playing the mainstage at Glastonbury, and from the timeless traditions of Mali to playing the official FIFA World Cup Opening Concert in Johannesburg this summer.
Over the last few years big-selling albums such as ”Welcome to Mali” and ”Dimanche à Bamako” have taken Amadou and Mariam on an epic journey that has made the couple the best-selling – and best-loved – act to come out of Africa this century.
Along the way they have performed with the likes of Damon Albarn, Manu Chao and the Scissor Sisters and have been enthusiastically embraced by Western rock fans. One minute they’re touring the US with Coldplay and the next minute, Pink Floyd guitar legend David Gilmour is sitting in with them on stage in London for Crisis. They recently played the Nobel Peace Prize concert in honour of Barack Obama, and were selected by Matt Groening (of The Simpson’s fame) to perform at his edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties.Their biography ‘Away From The Light of Day’ was published in English this summer.
All this has been achieved while remaining true to their roots and without compromising their authenticity. Their unique mix of unforgettable pop melodies and contagious rhythms, driven by Amadou’s bluesy electric guitar and the compelling interplay of their two voices may have its roots deeply planted in Africa.”