Up until about a few weeks ago I hadn’t heard the amazing story of the husband and wife act Amadou & Mariam. The duo, who are both blind – Amadou since contracting a congenital cataract as a teenager and Mariam whom become blind at the age of 5 – met and feel in love some 30 years ago at Mali’s Bamako Institute for the Young Blind after discovering they both had a mutual love of music.
The pair whom both contributed heavily to the school’s music program decided to start making music on their own after marrying in 1980 (Amadou had been touring and recording professionally since the late 1960s) and have been producing critically acclaimed music ever since. The pair recently released their latest album Welcome To Mali, let’s check out the first single Sabali which was produced by Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz fame…
Amadou & Miriam who are known for their live shows kick off their US tour on June 2 in Chicago, with a notable stop in Manchester, TN for this year’s Bonnaroo festival – so circle them on your schedule.
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