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Sénégal Fast-Food - Amadou & Mariam

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Legbamel Not-Pop

A huge “Thank you!” to the incredibly lax blogger, aningeniousname, for introducing me to Amadou & Mariam by pointing out this enormous hole in my world beat selections. In my defense, I have posted about Manu Chao, with whom they perform Sénégal Fast-Food, and Manu Dibango, whose native Cameroon lies...well, not really near Mali. There's a tangential link, there, wouldn't you say? No? Darn.

At any rate, if you, too, had been so ignorant of Malian music as to never have heard of Amandou & Mariam, try this story from All Things Considered. I'd have simply linked to the bio on the Amadou & Mariam web site, but it's in French. If you like Sénégal Fast Food, then take a wander about the web and listen to more. Their brand of rock will get your hips moving, and if you understand French then you can explain some of the lyrics to me.

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3 Responses so far.

  1. Excellent choice!
    Keeping with the African theme and people who Have played with Amadou and Mariam I would recommend Keziah Jones, the Nigerian/British blues funk artist that was spotted busking in the Paris metro.
    Here's him doing a acoustic version of his song "Autumn moon"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiWouf49SB0

    I would recommend you check out his albums, they are quality.

  2. legbamel says:

    I'll definitely have a listen. Thanks for the added value! :P

  3. Sideral says:

    Amadou And Mariam, I love them! You also may like http://soundenergyflux.blogspot.com/2009/02/rokia-traore-mali.html from Mali. By the way, I knew about your blog cause you left a comment about mine in blog catalog.. thanks for the comment!

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