13 April : Amadou & Mariam

African superstars Amadou & Mariam showcase songs from their eagerly anticipated new album with their full band.
Amadou & Mariam : 13rd April, 2012
Shepherd's Bush Empire
Shepherd's Bush Green, London, W12 8TT
Tel: 0844 477 2000
Support by Ebony Bones

‘Exquisite, intergalactic Afro-pop' Time Out

‘Amadou & Mariam are fantastic’ News of the World

‘Stands with the output of anybody on Atlantic, Motown or Stax’. Mojo
Married for more than 25 years, Amadou and Mariam met in the orchestra of The Institute for the Young Blind in Bamako. Since then, their magical fusion of pop, blues and Malian music has won them fans and stellar collaborators around the world.

Eclipse will tell the story of Amadou & Mariam’s life and work together, featuring songs from across their career including the premiere of tracks from their forthcoming album.

The duo's early recordings in the 1980s and 1990s feature sparse arrangements of guitar and voice. Since the late 1990s Amadou & Mariam produce music that mixes traditional Mali sound with rock guitars, Syrian violins, Cuban trumpets, Egyptian ney, Indian tablas and Dogon percussion. All these elements put together have been referred to as "Afro-blues".

In 2003 they were approached by World–Latin music star Manu Chao, who then produced their 2004 album Dimanche à Bamako ("Sunday in Bamako"), which also features his distinctive vocals.


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