Amadou & Mariam
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|Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia met each other
at the Bamako Institute of the Young Blind. Both turned blind when they were young, Mariam when she was only five years old,
Amadou at age of 16. After some time, Amadou realised that, without Mariam being around, his life was senseless. So he
asked her to stay with him forever, which she accepted. Both played in the band of the Blind Institute, the
Eclipse Orchestra led by Idrissa Soumaoro. Amadou also played
guitar in Les Ambassadeurs. They married in 1980.
In 1986, Amadou and Mariam went to Abidjan, and from 1989 on, they recorded five cassettes in Abidjan. All cassettes achieved a hugh success, especially in Mali. Their songs are easy accessible, sung by both Amadou and Mariam. The lyrics are mostly in Bambara, although some songs are in French, addressing popular themes and current problems in Malian society. On the first two cassettes, the singing of Amadou and Mariam is just accompanied by Amadou's guitar, on later volumes, more instruments were added.
Their first CD « Sou ni Tile » has been recorded in Europe, with some new songs and others already published on one of the cassettes. One song of that album, « Je pense à toi », has made them known among a larger audience and sold 100,000 copies in France. Since then, a compilation of older songs (the CD « Se Te Djon Ye ») and new recordings were released on a regular basis.
As on « Sou ni Tile », later albums were caracterised by the same combination of bambara melodies and rhythms with instruments from outside of Mali. For their 2004 album, Amadou and Mariam worked with Manu Chao who left a strong imprint on the album. It brought them two BBC Radio 3 Awards and a platinum disc in France.
Amadou and Mariam always welcomed musicians for featurings, among many others Tiken Jah Fakoly on « Politic amagni », and on their latest album « Folila » they worked with Santigold and Bertrand Cantat, known as the singer of Noir Désir.
Born: Amadou was born 24 October 1954, Mariam 15 April 1958, both in Bamako
Style: Mali blues
Amadou & Mariam (picture : Jérôme)
|The Magic Couple||2009||Wrasse Records WRASS244||The Best of 1997-2002|
|Welcome to Mali||2008||Because Records|
|Paris Bamako||2005||Because Records||DVD & CD live|
|1990-1995: L'intégrale des années maliennes||2005||Because Records||5CD box|
|Je pense à toi (longbox)||2005||Emarcy||3CD longbox|
|1990-1995: le meilleur des années maliennes||2005||Because Records||Compilation of songs recorded in Africa|
|Je pense à toi||2005||Emarcy||Best of compilation CD|
|Dimanche à Bamako||2004||Because Records||Album produced by Manu Chao|
|Wati||2002||Universal Music Jazz|
|Tje Ni Mousso||1999||Verve|
|Se Te Djon Ye||1998||Sonodisc CDS 7044|
|Sou ni Tilé||1998||Emarcy 557118-2||(Polygram)|
|Couple Aveugle du Mali, vol.5||1993||Maikano MAILPS 1073||Cassette|
|Couple Aveugle du Mali, vol.4||1992||Maikano MAILPS 1053||Cassette|
|Couple Aveugle du Mali, vol.3||1991||Maikano MAILPS 1051||Cassette|
|Couple Aveugle du Mali, vol.2||1990||Maikano MAILPS 1048||Cassette|
|Couple Aveugle du Mali, vol.1||1989||Maikano MAILPS 1047||Cassette|