CMJ - 11/13/00, p.43
"...Electrifying and intense....a cohesive fusion, offering a sympathetic blending of modern and traditional sounds..."
Personnel includes: Amadou Bagayoko (vocals, guitar); Mariam Doumbia (vocals).
Producers: Amadou Bagayoko, Marc-Antoine Moreau.
Recorded in 1999. Includes liner notes by Francis Dordor.
Personnel: Amadou Bagayoko (vocals, guitar); Mariam Doumbia (vocals); Manuel Soto (Spanish guitar); Valentin Clastrier (vielle); Alain Hato (flute, bass clarinet, saxophone); Andr‚s Vi fara (trombone); Matu (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer organ); Jo Kaiat (piano); Stephane San Juan (drums, percussion); Ousmane Dicko, Amazigh Kateb, Mamani Ke‹ta, Wasis Diop (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Laurent Ja‹s.
Liner Note Author: Francis Dordor.
Recording information: Studio Mis‚re, Montreuil, France (02/1999).
Photographer: Deborah Metsch.
Translator: Martin Davis.
Vintage organ, horns, and funk backbeats give this Malian husband and wife's second U.S. release a different feel than their stateside debut. Still, it's Amadou's slithering guitar leads and Mariam's soaring voice that all but steal the show from the couple's wildly talented band. This is a world music album in the most expansive of senses, proving just how easily a soulful combination of rhythm and notes can communicate across such meager divides as culture, politics, blindness, and language. Highly recommended. ~ Brian Beatty