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Fatoumata Diawara and some of her musical collaborators on "Voices United for Mali" at a press conference held in Bamako, Mali on Jan. 17, 2013.
Moustapha Diallo/courtesy of the artists
January 18, 2013 In a beautiful and powerful new song, Fatoumata Diawara, Amadou and Mariam, Oumou Sangare and nearly 40 more top musicians from Mali join together for one purpose: to help bring peace back to their shattering country.
Amadou and Mariam perform at Shrine World Music Venue in Harlem, New York City.
April 11, 2012 When Malian superstars Amadou and Mariam happened to find themselves with an extra day in New York recently, we invited them up to The Shrine in Harlem to sing an unplugged version of "Wily Kataso."
Amadou and Mariam's new album, Folila, comes out April 10 in the U.S.
April 1, 2012 Hear a lilting and fun project that mashes up the West African stars with some of their biggest fans, including TV on the Radio and Santigold.
April 22, 2009 Malian husband-and-wife duo Amadou and Mariam began recording together in the 1980s, and soon flourished by adding Syrian violins, Cuban trumpets and Indian tablas to their infectious African blues-rock, Western pop and funk. On their new album, Welcome to Mali, the pair sings in English and French instead of their native Bambara.
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April 6, 2009 Later this month Bob Dylan, will release his 33rd studio disc, and based on our early listen, it's going to be stunning. On this edition of All Songs Considered we've got a preview of the new Dylan record, Together Through Life, with the song "Beyond Here Lies Nothing." Also on the program: a new, self-released single from Sam Phillips, singer Jill Sobule, Malian duo Amadou and Mariam, solo music from The Knife's Karin Dreijer Andersson, a collaboration between Orenda Fink and Scalpelist, and an exclusive live cut from Grizzly Bear's recent South by Southwest performance.
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March 26, 2009 The self-billed "blind couple of Mali" have been recording since the '80s, but they've never stuck to one style. On Welcome to Mali, Amadou and Mariam absorb ideas from everywhere and sound like they're having a ball.
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December 9, 2006 Are you starting to panic about holiday gift shopping? Never fear. Cultural concierge Jesse Kornbluth of Head Butler suggests some musical gift choices.
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December 17, 2005 All Things Considered music reviewer Will Hermes shares his picks for the 10 best CDs of 2005, from the "wonderfully strange" world of Animal Collective to the "gorgeous hymn rock" of Sigur Ros.
November 27, 2005 For the holiday edition, a selection of the year's best music. Choices range from Afro-Celt to Britain's Imogen Heap to the benefit compilation Our New Orleans.
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September 19, 2005 Malian performers Amadou and Mariam met during the 1970s at the Institute for the Young Blind of Mali. The husband-and-wife team have overcome numerous obstacles, from blindness to living under a military dictatorship. Banning Eyre reviews their CD, Dimanche a Bamako. They began a U.S. tour this week.
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