Amadou & Mariam Wati

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CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Circular Moves

Entertainment Reviews:

Mojo (Publisher) - 10/03, p.116
4 stars out of 5 - "...The interplay between Amadou's Fender and the whining strings of the n'goni are mesmeric, and the funkier workouts stay with you..."

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.Walide :: The Girl I Have
  • Buy for $0.992.Les Temps Ont Change :: Times Have Changed
  • Buy for $0.993.Baroni :: Chatting
  • Buy for $0.994.Sarama :: The Charmer
  • Buy for $0.995.Dougou Massa :: Head Of The Village
  • Buy for $0.996.Chauffeurs :: Drivers
  • Buy for $0.997.Mali Denou :: Children Of Mali
  • Buy for $0.998.Lahilala :: There Are No Gods Other Than God
  • Buy for $0.999.Ilbiwa :: The Moors
  • Buy for $0.9910.Barika :: Tribute
  • Buy for $0.9911.Fana :: The Telltale
  • Buy for $0.9912.Poulo :: The Peul People

Product Description:

If you think Mali is all about the kora or the Super Rail Band, you need to take a listen to Amadou & Mariam, a blind married couple who take Malian music in a whole different direction. They keep to the bluesy, pentatonic root that's the heart of the desert sound of Mali, but bring it toward the West, even letting guitars howl here and there and funking things up with some lovely keyboard work. Amadou & Mariam sing both separately and together (indeed, they're at their strongest together, when the two voices can work off each other on songs like "Chauffeurs"), and they're both strong writers, using rhythm as much as melody for a sound that's remarkably down-home. There's nothing complex about it -- perhaps the Bamako equivalent of a bar band, albeit a very good one. "Sarama," for example, rocks wonderfully and hypnotically, and wouldn't sound out of place in a roadhouse, getting the crowd up and dancing. Perhaps it's because they don't sound especially African in their approach to music -- allowing the roots to be just one part of the whole -- that they haven't received the praise they deserve. ~ Chris Nickson

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Product Info:

  • UPC: 016728701129
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
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