Amadou And Mariam

Musicians (Mali)


| Utne Reader September / October 2007


Success was a long time coming for this award-winning Malian couple, who met in 1977 at the Institute for the Blind in Bamako. The guitarist and singer Amadou Bagayoko had served his apprenticeship by playing guitar in the legendary band Les Ambassadeurs. After moving to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in 1986, they recorded a series of cassette-only releases that made them stars in their homeland. They recorded three successful major-label albums after moving to Paris in the late 1990s before meeting up with Manu Chao, who produced their biggest and best album so far, Dimanche ? Bamako.

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