The husband and wife duo Amadou and Mariam are due to release their latest album, Folila, on April 2.
Amadou and Mariam, who met and fell in love at a school for the blind, have been performing bluesy music from Bamako, Mali since 1983. Defying all odds the blind couple have become international pop stars and recognisable icons from the West African country.
Their 2004 album Dimache à Bamako launched them into superstardom and they have since been featured on the cover of Songlines, won the 2009 Songlines Music Award for Best Group, released several ‘Best Of’ compilations, published an autobiography and toured with numerous mainstream groups including U2, Blur and Coldplay.
Their upcoming album is much anticipated and is due to feature collaborations with TV on the Radio, Santigold, and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters.
They recently stopped by The Guardian studio to perform the track ‘Wily Kataso’ from Folila.