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The Top 25 Mali Albums – No.3

Posted on July 15th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Amadou & Mariam – Dimanche à Bamako (Because, 2004)

By the time Dimanche à Bamako was released in 2004, the blind Malian couple Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia had been playing together for 20 years. International success came after they moved to Paris in the late 90s, and three fine albums of distinctive Afro-blues followed to establish them as one of West Africa’s best-selling acts. But what made Dimanche à Bamako a career highlight was the presence of the mercurial Manu Chao as producer. The result was the duo’s most diverse and joyous album, a thrilling mix of Amadou’s deep blues guitar, Mariam’s wailing vocals and Chao’s unique global Gypsy touches. Chao contributed several tunes, including the effervescent ‘Taxi Bamako’ and the global mash of ‘Sénégal Fast Food’. His trademark kinetic energy is in ample evidence and the cop-car sirens, the seamless segues, the ambient street sounds and the eclectic instrumentation could all have come from a Manu Chao record.

But this was no takeover bid – Dimanche à Bamako is very much an Amadou & Mariam record, which Chao merely enhanced by sprinkling over it a little of his technicolor magic dust. ‘Coulibaly’ layers African harmonies and bluesy guitar over a swirling rhythm of clattering percussion, Amadou’s magisterial ‘La Réalité’ drives relentlessly and on ‘Camions Sauvages’ Mariam even flirts deliciously with rap. The duo has since collaborated with numerous other Western musicians from Damon Albarn to the Scissor Sisters. But none has matched the joie de vivre that Chao brought to this set.

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Cambridge Folk Festival full line-up announced

Posted on April 18th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

© Philip Ryalls

Amadou & Mariam, Bellowhead and The Staves all set to play summer festival

Chosen as one of Songlines Top 10 UK Festivals in our upcoming guide in the next issue (June 2013, #92), the real ale-guzzling folk festival returns on July 25-28. 

Acclaimed Malian husband-and-wife duo, Amadou & Mariam, and highly tipped trio The Staves are amongst the latest acts to be announced. They join seasoned folk festival goers Bellowhead, legendary finger-picker Tommy Emmanuel and fresh faces in Emma Sweeney and Portico Quartet’s Nick Mulvey. To see the line-up in full and for more information visit www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

Don’t forget to check out our definitive guide to the Best UK and International festival here. For full profiles of each, grab a copy of the new issue, on sale in the UK on April 26.

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More artists join the Africa Express train

Posted on August 15th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The collective of African and Western musicians already boasted an incredible line-up when they announced their plans to take a week-long musical adventure across mainland Britain, but it has just been announced that the line-up is in fact even bigger. 

It was revealed that Tony Allen, Carl Barât, Toumani Diabaté, Nicolas Jaar, Krar Collective (pictured), Kyla La Grange, M1 (Dead Prez), M.anifest, Spoek Mathambo, John McClure (Reverend and the Makers), Nneka, The Temper Trap, Marques Toliver, The Very Best (Soundsystem) and Rizzle Kicks will be joining the ranks. 

The already confirmed line up included Amadou & Mariam, Damon Albarn, Rokia Traoré, Kano, Baloji, Charli XCX, Fatoumata Diarawa, Noisettes, Jupiter & Okwess International and Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club). 

The train leaves London on September 2 as part of the London 2012 Festival and will travel through England, Scotland and Wales. Confirmed shows include:

Monday September 3: MIDDLESBOROUGH – Town Hall
Tuesday September 4: GLASGOW – The Arches
Wednesday September 5: MANCHESTER – The Ritz
Thursday September  6: CARDIFF – Solus (Cardiff University)
Friday September  7: BRISTOL – The Big Top @ Creative Common
Saturday September 8: Finale concert in Granary Square, Kings Cross, LONDON

 

Tickets start a £15 and are on sale now.

If you are interested in hosting a gig with some of the fantastic musicians on the train tour in an interesting location during one of their stops, please contact info@africaexpress.co.uk.

 

Photo of Krar Collective by Marcus Waterloo

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Want to host an Africa express gig?

Posted on August 2nd, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

From Sunday September 2, Africa Express, the collective of African and Western musicians, is filling a train with dozens of guest artists and taking it on a week-long musical adventure across mainland Britain. There will be pop-up performances at railway stations, schools, factories, offices, shopping centres and homes. As with every Africa Express happening, events will be unrehearsed and unapologetic.

Confirmed artists include: Amadou & Mariam, Damon Albarn, Rokia Traoré, Kano, Baloji, Charli XCX, Fatoumata Diarawa, Noisettes, Jupiter & Okwess International and Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club), with many more set to be revealed over the next few weeks. The tour is produced in association with the Barbican as part of London 2012 Festival.

If you are interested in hosting a gig with some of the fantastic musicians on the train tour in an interesting location during one of their stops, please contact info@africaexpress.co.uk

 

Here is the itinerary so far, although more stops may be added:

Sunday September 2: STOKE
Monday September 3: BRADFORD/LEEDS/MIDDLESBOROUGH
Tuesday September 4: GLASGOW
Wednesday September 5: CARLISLE/MANCHESTER
Thursday September  6: CARDIFF
Friday September  7: BRISTOL
Saturday September 8: Finale concert in Granary Square, Kings Cross, LONDON

 ‘A fantastically varied cast of stars… a joyfully unpredictable compelling journey.’ NME

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