Amadou & Mariam

Amadou & Mariam’s story is one of the most inspiring tales of modern music; a love affair that propelled two grandparents from Mali into charts across the planet, winning enough awards to fill several sideboards and raising awareness of the difficulties in living in one of the world’s poorest countries. Into their orbit came such stars as Damon Albarn, Manu Chao, David Gilmour, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Scissor Sisters. Yet it is also a story that began in adversity and continues to evolve and inspire more than 40 years after it began. With the release of ‘La Confusion’, their eighth international album, two of Africa’s most popular artists return to stake their claim to be the continent’s most successful musical ambassadors of the 21st century The new album ‘La Confusion’ represents a back-to-basics approach after the previous two albums. The couple were joined in the studio only by their producer, Adrien Durand of the Bon Voyage Project, and musicians they knew well from Africa, such as the kora player Djeli Moussa Diawara and the young ngoni virtuoso Youssouf Diabaté.