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Amadou & mariam ''welcome to mali'' (mali, 2008) @ [192k]

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Se publica Welcome to Mali, el nuevo álbum de Amadou & Mariam. El dúo nos invita a su país en una colección de 15 canciones, más 1 bonus track.

Welcome to Mali se ha grabado durante los últimos meses entre Bamako, Dakar, París y Londres. Cuenta con la producción de Marc-Antoine Moreau y Laurent Jaïs, y las colaboraciones de Keziah Jones, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Toumani Diabaté, K'Naan y Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). Este último ha sido el productor invitado para el primer single Sabali.

El disco se pone a la venta en España el 25 de noviembre (2008).



Damon Albarn produce una canción para Amadou y Mariam

Por Adrian Cholula en: Noticias

Parece que Damon Albarn no pierde el interés por seguir involucrado en la música ya que el que fuera frontman de Blur ha participado como productor en una nueva canción para el dúo Amadou y Mariam.

La canción se llama "Sabali" y aparecerá en el nuevo álbum del dúo titulado 'Welcome to a Mali', el cual se tiene previsto sea lanzado el 17 de noviembre y promete colaboraciones con estrellas de la música a nivel mundial, aunque me parece demasiado underground el dúo como para tener en la producción a Damon pero seguramente deben ser buenos, mas sin embargo al hablar de Damon Albarn solo queda una par de preguntas por hacer.

¿Que sucederá con Blur? ¿Ya se ha olvidado de ellos?


imageWorld music review: Amadou and Mariam, Welcome to Mali

Robin Denselow

The Guardian, Friday November 14 2008

Amadou and Mariam have become African superstars and, like many super- stars, they now have a problem: what on earth do you do to follow up a major hit record? The blind Malian husband-and-wife team had already been recording for 17 years, crafting their own distinctive blend of gutsy African blues-rock and funk with limited commercial success, when they teamed up with Manu Chao to record the massively commercial Dimanche à Bamako. In the three years since its release, their lives have been transformed. Chao sensibly pulled back, and Amadou and Mariam began to target pop audiences, breaking into the French top 20 and bringing a new western following to African music. They even provided a rousing opening act for the Scissor Sisters.

imageAmadou and Mariam Welcome to Mali Because 2008 Buy Welcome to Mali at the Guardian shop So what now? Instead of recording a no-nonsense set that reflects their stage show, they have taken a more cautious route, working in Mali, Senegal, France and the UK, and inviting a series of friends to take part. They have succeeded in recording another infectiously rousing set, even if it doesn't have quite as many memorable songs as Dimanche. But they have done so because of their own skills, and despite the often unnecessary extra voices.

One exception is Damon Albarn. He hasn't taken Manu Chao's role in producing an entire album, but he did co-write and produce the opening song, Sabali, on which he plays keyboards and bass. It starts like some vintage recording, featuring strings and the haunting voice of Mariam Doumbia, before developing into an insistent, swirling electro-pop ballad that sounds better here than when Albarn and Mariam attempted it live on stage at the Africa Express shows. But I suspect it won't become part of the duo's stage show. Their distinctive style is based around Amadou's driving guitar work, and he doesn't even make an appearance.

imageHowever, Amadou Bagayoko dominates the rest of the album - from the stirring Ce N'Est Pas Bon, on which Albarn provides keyboards, through to Djuru, on which Amadou's guitar is matched against Toumani Diabaté's kora. He also provides a couple of good extended solos, on Masiteladi and Sekebe, and demonstrates his vocal skill in both French and English on two charming, gently funky songs to his wife, Compagnon de la Vie and I Follow You.

All of which leaves the guests sounding redundant. French funk star Juan Rozoff joins Amadou on the laid-back Je Te Kiffe, and the excellent Somali hip hop star K'Naan makes an appearance on Africa, but fails to produce any of his distinctive lyrics. Nigerian Keziah Jones sounds even less happy, joining in a slinky Amadou and Mariam duet on Unissons Nous with a few English cliches about unity and freedom that don't add much. But no matter: this is Amadou and Mariam's album, and their Africa-pop crossover success continues.

Tracks:--------1.Sabali2.Ce N'est Pas Bon3.Magosa4.Djama5.Djuru6.Je Te Kiffe7.Masiteladi8.Africa

9.Compagnon de la Vie10.Unissons Nous11.Bozos12.I Follow You13.Welcome to Mali14.Batoma15.Sebeke16.Boula (Hidden Track)


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