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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.

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  • Audio CD (17 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BECAUSE
  • ASIN: B001GRTPYI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sabali
2. Ce N'est Pas Bon
3. Magosa
4. Djama
5. Djuru
6. Je Te Kiffe
7. Masiteladi
8. Africa
9. Compagnon de la Vie
10. Unissons Nous
11. Bozos
12. I Follow You
13. Welcome to Mali
14. Batoma
15. Sebeke
16. Boula (Hidden Track)

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Sixth album, and second for the eclectic French label Because--following 2005's Dimanche A Bamako, by Malian world music superstars Amadou & Mariam. Triumphing over adversity (they are both blind) to achieve worldwide celebrity status, this husband and wife duo continue to expand the boundaries of African music, fusing it with blues-rock, electronica and pop. Collaborators on this release include Damon Albarn--whose love of Malian music is well known --and Somali rapper K'Naan.

BBC Review

Amadou and Mariam, the married couple from Bamako, have, since the release of their Manu Chao-produced Dimanche à Bamako album in 2006, become the world music act that it's safe to admit to liking, whether you be a tie-dye wearing Womadian or a skinny-jeaned indie kid. Hell, they even had a number one in Germany with the official theme for the World Cup. They've achieved all this through their riveting and uplifting live shows and also by simply being musically marvellous; blending their Malian blues with Western pop savvy, all backed up by Amadou's blistering guitar. Welcome To Mali will, it's safe to say, only increase their standing. It's a gem.

Having been part of the recent Africa Express shows it's no surprise that the hand of the ubiquitous Damon Albarn appears at the controls on the opener, Sabali. Luckily he's tweaked the sound in exactly the right direction, focussing on the sweet pop tones of Mariam, underscoring it with charming synthesizer arpeggios. Elsewhere the production still leaves space for some arresting contemporary tricks. It brings home the reason that Europe has taken them to its heart - their style, not unlike Bob Marley's, is resilient enough to withstand any amount of Western tinkering.

A number of other guests appear, yet the fact is A & M are just too good to let anyone showboat all over their album. The usually mighty K'Naan (the Somalian-via-Canada rapper) sounds fairly weedy, lost in the dizzy horn blast of Africa. The grins of the pair are almost audible as they run the gamut of styles from the reggae of Djama and Je Te Kiffe to the call and response of Ce N'est Pas Bon or the more traditional Djuru and the heavy, heavy guitar licks of Masiteladi. Later the slower blues of their homeland is allowed to stretch out on the langorous Bozos.

It's a mix of the deceptively simple and rhythmically irresistible. Good times most definitely guaranteed. --Chris Jones

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sean Paul Koris on 16 Jan 2009
Format: Audio CD
This was bought after seeing Amadou and Mariam on Later with Jools Holland....I just thought they were stunning live, infectiously joyous and they didn't stop smiling once! I think I even had a little groove around the front room to Sabali!! This has been on heavy rotation for some time now and I have converted some friends to open their eyes to something different. I have a very eclectic mix of music but haven't ventured too far into African music (apart Albarns Mali Music and some strange South African jungle music) and this has now made me go out and buy some other A&M material and other albums from Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia and I haven't been dissapointed once. Just go and buy it and just try and stop taping those toes and moving that body!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Williams on 2 Jan 2009
Format: Audio CD
I heard opening track 'Sabali' on the radio and was captivated by its gentle electronics, spiralling synth riff and charming African-French vocals. There's nothing else quite like it on the rest of the album, in what is actually quite a diverse set. Bluesy guitars take over on 'Ce n'est pas bon', disco beats and reggae keyboards on 'Djama', with hip-hop, motown funk and dance elsewhere. It's quite a party.

Various guest contribute. Toumani Diabate lends his kora to the beautiful 'Djuru', Somalian rapper K'naan appears on 'Africa' for an "east-west coast collaboration", and Damon Albarn, who they have worked with before. Very familiar with Malian music, he is largely responsible for the aforementioned 'Sabali'. At no point do the guests overshadow the real stars here however, Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia.

'Welcome to Mali' is a wonderful fusion of international styles from two highly talented musicians, a up-beat hybrid of blues, dance, and African rhythms that adds up to more than the sum of its parts. Apparently Amadou and Mariam are due to play at Barack Obama's inauguration, which is sure to catapult them beyond the narrow interests of 'world music' and bring them the wider attention they fully deserve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerry McCaffrey on 24 Mar 2009
Format: Audio CD
Much of "Welcome To Mali" is an open-ended joyous affair, informed by the energy of community and self-sufficiency. It you were to place it anywhere, it would be under the night sky in Mali, at a celebratory gathering of some sort - but listen more closely and you'd notice numerous other influences bouncing around.In fact, this album feels like it's tuning into everything, connecting with everything. Welcome to Maii. And welcome to the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Nov 2008
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World music "purists" may be put off by the guest artists and the thoroughly electronic treatment these two fine musicians get, but as a fusion of styles, this surely cannot be beaten. From the Grandaddyesque opener to the English language "I follow you" there is something for everyone in here and a slot on Later with Jools Holland surely beckons
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Dalton on 22 Jan 2009
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The critics are raving about this, and in turn condemning Dimanche á Bamako as somehow vastly inferior for its apparently lush and synthetic presentation. This doesn't really tell the whole story; true Dimanche is a very "produced" and slightly syntheitc record; not dripping edgy and rustic. However it is an album of soundscapes (really evocative, one can imagine the world of the blind somehow, rolling through mali), emotion, and joy. This, however, is, with the exception of the 7th, and final two tracks, joyless, and grating. Even the finer moments come from infusions of rather derivative western music, some of which is frankly barn/pub rock. although good rolling fun, this is far from seminal or inventive, and far from rootsy either.

Worse still, however, are the properly poor fusion moments. A half baked hip-hop effort (really poor from all ends, poor rap, poor music, awful outcome) and a hard-to-see-why english track where it is revealed that the already-limited vocal talents of amadou are even more veiled when in an alien tongue, made worse by the limited vocabulary and frankly trite subject matter. (mariam hasn't learned to sing any better either, but here it gets to grate)

worth admission if you've got no alternative, but this isn't the case, the joys of Mali's old guard, the super rail band (no I'm not making a comparison of the music, just the fervour and fun) are still there for you.

So, the album's not awful but it's fairly close in parts.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Hume on 4 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
I've never heard Amadou and Miriam's music before this album, but I'll certainly be looking at their backlogue after hearing this album. It's brilliant, happy, good rhythm, glad I bought it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Morrison on 8 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD
Heard this group on TV and though they were very good, the album doesn't disappoint
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Murphy on 10 Feb 2009
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Amadou & Mariam produce a true world sound which encompasses everyone who likes music. This is truly a five star CD which dips in and out of other musical cultures across the globe. The more you listen to it the more you hear, I can do no more than say try it for yourself and be enriched with their wonderful approach to making music.
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