Amadou and Mariam

Amadou and Mariam are a blind couple from Mali who met at The Institute for the Young Blind in Bamako in 1977. Both sharing a common love for music, they started a long journey together both romantically and professionally. In 1996, after touring in West Africa and spreading the word of their music, they were invited to do a six month residency in Paris. There they caught the attention of Marc-Antoine Moreau, a music executive that would secure a record deal for them as well as take on the role of their manager. They have had success in France since the late nineties and have slowly gained the attention they deserve. They have recorded with Manu Chao and performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, and Coachella. They finally made it on my radar when their single "Sabali" started buzzing around the nu-disco and hip hop scenes after being discovered by New York producer Theophilus. It's a sweet dance track that transcends language. Check out the video below.

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