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.
They met in 1977 while attending the Institute for Young Blind in Bamako (where to this day they play an annual benefit concert). 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. Yet this is music for the world, rather than ‘world music’, that effortlessly transcends classification or genre, fad and fashion. It remains as popular across Africa as it has now become in Europe and America.