Tje Ni Mousso

Tje Ni Mousso

by Amadou & Mariam
     
 
When it comes to Mali's electric outfits, you'll be hard put to find a more sinewy sound than that of blind couple Amadou & Mariam on Tje Ni Mousso ("Man and Woman"). Three-chord garage riffs meet Malian desert polyrhythms in an utterly explosive encounter, and the band makes even the most angular meters rock as naturally to Western ears as any 4/4 Rolling

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When it comes to Mali's electric outfits, you'll be hard put to find a more sinewy sound than that of blind couple Amadou & Mariam on Tje Ni Mousso ("Man and Woman"). Three-chord garage riffs meet Malian desert polyrhythms in an utterly explosive encounter, and the band makes even the most angular meters rock as naturally to Western ears as any 4/4 Rolling Stones tune. Tough, slinky guitar and bass lines soar together as hot, funky horns and a host of your favorite vintage '70s organs -- Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hammond -- give the tunes more color than a rainbow hanging over Bourbon Street. This is African yin and yang at its best, with the elfin-voiced Mariam stepping out solo on cuts such as "Djagnéba" and Amadou offering his mellow warble on "Dans ce Monde Troublé," only to come together and harmonize copasetically elsewhere. "Chantez-Chantez" chugs along like Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" set to a lean, mean blues shuffle. "Béki Miri" features Jethro Tull-style fluting over a Zeppelinesque riff as the rhythm section bumps and grinds along with some slow, hearty funk. "Bali Maou" and "Si Ni Kan" catch some Caribbean carnival spirit from across the ocean, while "C'est Comme Ça" rides a subtle reggae groove. Senegal's cosmopolitan Wasis Diop offers backing vocals on "Be'smi Lah" that rumble around Mariam like an earthquake. Of all the Malian sounds finding their ways to foreign shores, this hip duo is easily one of the most exciting. Don't let it slip by.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Beatty
Vintage organ, horns, and funk backbeats give this Malian husband and wife's second U.S. release a different feel than their stateside debut. Still, it's Amadou's slithering guitar leads and Mariam's soaring voice that all but steal the show from the couple's wildly talented band. This is a world music album in the most expansive of senses, proving just how easily a soulful combination of rhythm and notes can communicate across such meager divides as culture, politics, blindness, and language. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2000
Label:
Circular Moves
UPC:
0016728700627
catalogNumber:
287006

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Performance Credits

Amadou & Mariam   Primary Artist
Manuel Soto   spanish guitar
Valentin Clastrier   Vielle
Wasis Diop   Background Vocals
Alain Hato   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone
Andrés Viáfara   Trombone
Amazigh Kateb   Background Vocals
Mamani Keita   Background Vocals
Amadou Bagayoko   Guitar,Vocals
Mariam Doumbia   Vocals
Stephane San Juan   Percussion,Drums
Laurent Griffon   Bass
Jo Kaiat   Piano
Ousmane Dicko   Background Vocals
Matu   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Martin Davis   translation
Laurent Jaïs   Engineer
Francis Dordor   Liner Notes
Amadou Bagayoko   Producer

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