Welcome to Mali

Welcome to Mali

by Amadou & Mariam
     
 

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Welcome to Mali, the second Nonesuch effort from Malian duo Amadou & Mariam, has already garnered rapturous reviews from critics in Europe, where it was released in late 2008. The album appeared on many year-end best-of lists; London's Sunday Mirror declared, "African pop doesn't get more effervescent and joyful than the sound of this blind coupleSee more details below

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Welcome to Mali, the second Nonesuch effort from Malian duo Amadou & Mariam, has already garnered rapturous reviews from critics in Europe, where it was released in late 2008. The album appeared on many year-end best-of lists; London's Sunday Mirror declared, "African pop doesn't get more effervescent and joyful than the sound of this blind couple dueling together and sending their message of love around the globe. Simply wonderful."

American audiences were introduced to the married pair, who met at a Malian school for the blind, with their Nonesuch debut Dimanche à Bamako, produced by the Paris-based world-music provocateur Manu Chao. With Chao behind the wheel, the album was like an exhilaratingly bumpy taxi ride straight into the heart of the Malian capital.

Welcome to Mali - recorded in Bamako, Dakar, Paris and London and produced with longtime manager Marc-Antoine Moreau - is less high-concept travelogue than straightforward set, yet it proves to be even more adventurous and exuberantly rocking.

Welcome to Mali is an invitation from this extraordinary pair to look for the familiar in the seemingly exotic. As Pitchfork Media put it, "This album is an affirmation of global connectivity and an emerging global culture that transcends and repurposes tradition as it sees fit - the sound of Mali merging with the world at large." From the Label

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597983456
catalogNumber:
517673
Rank:
358556

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amadou & Mariam   Primary Artist
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
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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