Amadou & Mariam

Formed 1980.
Amadou & Mariam


Amadou & Mariam are a Grammy Award-nominated musical duo from Mali, composed of the couple Amadou Bagayoko (guitar and vocals) (born in Bamako 24 October 1954) and Mariam Doumbia (vocals) (born in Bamako 15 April 1958). The pair, known as "the blind couple from Mali" met at Mali's Institute for the Young Blind, where they both performed at the Institute’s Eclipse Orchestra, directed by Idrissa Soumaouro, and found they shared an interest in music. Amadou lost his vision at the age of 16, while Mariam became blind at age 5 as a consequence of untreated measles.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Folila

    Folila 2012

    Reviewed by David Katz
    An odd mix of stripped-back sounds and guest-heavy cuts muddles this sixth LP.
  2. Review of Welcome To Mali

    Welcome To Mali 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    It's a mix of the deceptively simple and rhythmically irresistible.
  3. Review of Dimanche a Bamako

    Dimanche a Bamako 2005

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    It's the atmospheric use of ambient 'found sounds' and occasional novel instruments...
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