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Folila

Amadou & Mariam Audio CD
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Welcome to the world of Amadou & Mariam, a sphere that now stretches from the dusty streets of Bamako to playing the main stage at Glastonbury, and from the timeless traditions of Mali to playing the official FIFA World Cup Opening Concert in Johannesburg last summer.

Over the last few years big-selling albums such as ''Welcome to Mali'' and ''Dimanche ... Read more in Amazon's Amadou & Mariam Store

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  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BECAUSE
  • ASIN: B007BGU6JQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Dougou Badia (Feat. Santigold) 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wily Kataso (Feat. Tunde & Kyp Of TV On The Radio) 4:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Oh Amadou (Feat. Bertrand Cantat) 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Metemya (Feat. Jake Shears Of Scissor Sisters) 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Africa Mon Afrique (Feat. Bertrand Cantat) 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. C'est Pas Facile Pour Les Aigles (Feat. Ebony Bones) 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wari (Feat. Amp Fidler) 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sans Toi 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mogo (Feat. Bertrand Cantat) 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Another Way (Feat. Bertrand Cantat) 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bagnale (Feat. Abdallah Oumbadougou) 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Nebe Miri (Feat. Theophilus London) 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Chérie 4:42£0.99  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

Darlings of the world music scene, Amadou & Mariam are greatly loved for their willingness to experiment, and for the musical craftwork that has hallmarked their take on West African blues. The tale of how this celebrated husband-and-wife duo met at a school for blind youth in their native Mali is now common knowledge, their championship concretely emerging since their 2004 collaboration with Manu Chao, Dimanche à Bamako. Their inspirational live performances later made them part of Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project, and the collaborative Welcome to Mali album of 2008 was highly acclaimed.

The pair’s new LP has been greatly anticipated, yet Folila is a curious beast, a three-in-one project whose peculiar history has almost left it overburdened by a diverse array of guest collaborators. According to producer/manager Marc-Antoine Moreau, the singers originally planned two albums: the first a crossover disc, recorded in New York with friends gained on the festival circuit, the second a back-to-basics unplugged set, recorded in Mali. Instead, we have ended up with the New York guest sessions reworked in Mali, along with some ill-fitting numbers voiced there by controversial singer Bertrand Cantat.

The disc starts on a high note with Dougou Badia, featuring a pleasant vocal interlude from Santigold while the rock guitar of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner nicely contrasts with Amadou’s bluesy riffs. Then, Wily Kataso is a radio-friendly ode whose vocal contributions by Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of Brooklyn’s TV on the Radio are fittingly atmospheric, despite the negativity of their lyrics. Later, Theophilus London turns Nebe Miri into poppy musing on a lover’s longing, but a big disappointment is Amp Fiddler’s contribution to Wari – couldn’t he come up with anything better than "I need money"? The disco-diva chorus Jake Shears brings to Metemya does little for this writer, and Ebony Bones’ rollicking lines seem a bit at odds with the core of C’est Pas Facile Pour Les Aigles.

Although his presence on Mogo adds an element of intriguing menace, Cantat’s contribution feels less successful elsewhere: his lyrics are a bit heavy-handed on Africa Mon Afrique, he somehow obstructs the flow of Oh Amadou, and sounds corny in English on Another Way; though the dubwise form of that track’s mix fares better. Better are the tracks Bagnale, with its blistering desert guitar courtesy of Abdallah ag Oumbadougou, while the unadorned Sans Toi and Chérie remind how great Amadou & Mariam sound on their own.

If your tastes are eclectic enough, and if you can get past the factor of contriving, you are bound to love this entire album. But more selective souls may find themselves reaching for the fast-forward button, as perhaps the original plan would have yielded a more cohesive whole.

--David Katz

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Amadou & Mariam are at this point firmly established international stars.
They don't need people to explain their back story for half a review anymore, and they've become truly intertwined with a huge network of African and Western artists whom they've toured and recorded with, a list that ranges all over the place from Manu Chao to David Gilmour, K'naan, Damon Albarn, Bassekou Kouyaté and Santigold. With that fame comes a potential snag, though: it's much, much harder for them to surprise us now that they've defined themselves around a seamless synthesis of the music of their homeland and the music of the rest of the world.
They're trying to work around that.
For "Folila" (which means "music" in Bambara), they took an unusual approach to making a record, essentially making the same album three times. They recorded it once in New York with a host of indie rock musicians helping out, and again in Mali with a group of musicians from Mali's popular and traditional music communities. And then they took it to Paris, where they took the two recordings, which were made with matched keys and tempos, and mixed them together into a very literal genre hybrid.
Honestly, you would've loved to hear them use their newfound fame to strip things back a little and reveal the sounds of their homeland to a newly invested audience, but the hybrid works pretty well for the most part, and we are not going to hold it against them that they're doubling down on their established fusion.
That fusion pays off beautifully on several tracks.
The opener and lead single "Dougou Badia", featuring a guest vocal from Santigold and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner mixing it up on guitar with Amadou, is about as good a result as you could hope for from the oblique recording process.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album 22 Sep 2013
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There are a selection of albums from amadou and mariam, all of them a good choice, so easy to love
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not 1 of their best 18 Feb 2013
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I'm a big fan of Amadou and Miriam but I'm afraid this is not 1 of their better albums-see Welcome to Mali or Dimanche a Bamako.
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