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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Following the wildly successful Dimanche a Bamako in 2008, World Circuit decided to bring the blind Malian duo Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia to American shores. Welcome to Mali, issued here on Nonesuch, is their debut in the United Stares we're always last, even the Canadians were in on the debut, and their hotshot rapper K'Naan appears on one cut. Blur's Damon Albarn was enlisted to help out here -- and he does as a co-writer and producer on the album's opening track and first single "Sabali." It's a killer track, with waves of Malian blues and incantatory singing, especially from the plaintive voice of Mariam, which contrasts well with the grainy, more guttural ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Following the wildly successful Dimanche a Bamako in 2008, World Circuit decided to bring the blind Malian duo Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia to American shores. Welcome to Mali, issued here on Nonesuch, is their debut in the United Stares we're always last, even the Canadians were in on the debut, and their hotshot rapper K'Naan appears on one cut. Blur's Damon Albarn was enlisted to help out here -- and he does as a co-writer and producer on the album's opening track and first single "Sabali." It's a killer track, with waves of Malian blues and incantatory singing, especially from the plaintive voice of Mariam, which contrasts well with the grainy, more guttural inflections of Amadou. Albarn also adds waves of gentle but pronounced electronica and some fine basswork, and pushes Amadou's raw guitar into the forefront. The rest of the set -- whose only real flaw is how long it is -- is filed with infectious Malian folk music threaded through with European pop influences. And does it ever work. The best cuts, such as "Compagnon de la Vie" with its funky Hammond B-3, "Ce N'Est Pas Bon" with its driving guitar and marimbas, and the traditional "Djuru" are simply infectious with their rhythmic invention and meld of voices. There is even a love song in English here, "I Follow You," that works despite the corny lyrics. The title track -- also in English -- is pure funky goodness with its killer meld of Malian folk forms, perfusion, and European-style street funk. Ultimately, Welcome to Mali is an auspicious and welcome introduction to Amadou & Mariam, whose music has universal appeal and breaks new ground for Afro-pop worldwide.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597983456
  • Catalog Number: 517673
  • Sales rank: 28,339

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sabali (3:15)
  2. 2 Ce N'Est Pas Bon (3:49)
  3. 3 Magossa (3:43)
  4. 4 Djama (3:15)
  5. 5 Djuru (3:35)
  6. 6 Je Te Kiffe (4:18)
  7. 7 Masiteladi (3:56)
  8. 8 Africa - K'NAAN (3:48)
  9. 9 Compagnon de La Vie (3:46)
  10. 10 Unissons-Nous (4:16)
  11. 11 Bozos (3:46)
  12. 12 I Follow You (4:02)
  13. 13 Welcome to Mali (3:20)
  14. 14 Batoma (4:13)
  15. 15 Sekebe (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Amadou & Mariam Primary Artist
The Barry Sisters Background Vocals
Damon Albarn Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Alain Hatot Bass Clarinet, Saxophone
Cheick Tidiane Seck Keyboards
Toumani Diabaté Kora
Keziah Jones Guitar, Vocals
Isabelle Dunn Cello
Yao Dembele Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Amadou Bagayoko Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mariam Doumbia Vocals, Background Vocals
Laurent Griffon Bass
Michaël Joussein Trombone
Idrissa Soumaoro Organ, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Ibrahima Dembele Bass
Zoumana Tereta Violin
Nicolas Dautricourt Violin
Estelle Villotte Violin
Al Mobbs Double Bass
Stella Page Viola
Antonia Pagulatos Violin
Benjamin Berlioz Double Bass
Patrice Renson Percussion, Drums
Boubacar Dembele Percussion, Balafon, Djembe, Calebasse
Emma Owens Viola
Philippe Bresson Piano, fender rhodes
Igor Nikitinski Keyboards
Juan Rozoff Vocals, Guest Appearance
Sato Kotono Violin
Noémie Boutin Cello
Juan Carlos Gavrera Piano
Pape Niang Drums
Issa Niaré Bass
Alice Pratlet Violin
Sonia Sala Background Vocals
Fousene Sanogo Doum-doum
Maxime Garoute Percussion, Drums
Yvo Abadi Drums, Tambourine
Technical Credits
Damon Albarn Composer, Programming, Producer
Jason Cox Engineer
Yao Dembele Programming
Laurent Jaïs Programming, Producer, Engineer
Amadou Bagayoko Composer
Mariam Doumbia Composer
Patrice Renson Producer, Engineer
Marc Antoine Moreau Composer, Producer
Fouad Allaoui Retouching
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