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Amadou & Mariam

Friday 20th July 2018

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At Concorde 2

Doors 7:00 pm

Price £22 + booking fee / £26

With the release of ‘La Confusion’, their eighth international album, two of Africa’s most popular artists return to stake their claim to be the continent’s most successful musical ambassadors of the 21st century.

‘La Confusion’ arrives at a difficult time for their homeland Mali; just as their previous album ‘Folila’ was released, Mali was rocked by a series of calamities, including a coup, insurgencies and the takeover of a large part of the north by Islamists

Amadou & Mariam’s story is one of the most inspiring tales of modern music; a love affair that propelled two grandparents from Mali into charts across the planet, winning enough awards to fill several sideboards and raising awareness of the difficulties in living in one of the world’s poorest countries. Into their orbit came such stars as Damon Albarn, Manu Chao, David Gilmour, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Scissor Sisters. Yet it is also a story that began in adversity and continues to evolve and inspire more than 40 years after it began.

“Amadou & Mariam have created a thought-provoking time capsule for future historians; a genuine masterpiece documenting the Malian unrest that is poignant, passionate, and directed equally at the head, feet and heart.” – Mojo

“All through, the harmonies are urgent, uplifting and unspun, a reminder that not everything needs a recoat to look perfectly at home.” – Q Magazine