Amadou & Mariam

Genres: World
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Mariam Doumbia (15 April 1958, Bamako, Mali; vocals) and Amadou Bagayoko (b. 24 October 1954, Bamako, Mali; guitar/vocals). Blind from an early age, Bagayoko and Doumbia first met at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind and discovered a shared passion for music. By this point, Bagayoko was already an accomplished guitarist having spent time with Mali’s National Orchestra and Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel. He began working with Doumbia, a raw vocal talent, in the Institute for the Blind’s own orchestra. The duo cemented their personal and professional relationship in 1980 by getting married. Performing as a duo throughout the subsequent decade they developed a strong regional following for their enthusiastic brand of Afro-pop. Based in the Côte d’Ivoire during the late 80s and early 90s, they recorded a series of cassette-only albums with Aliyu Maïkoano Adamu for the local market. Over the course of the 90s, their music began to be heard...

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