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Amadou & Mariam – Dimanche À Bamako

16 06 2010

Listened: Tuesday June 15

Amadou and Mariam are two married blind musicians from Mali who play African-flavored blues-rock and sing in French. I found out about them at Coachella. Their performance several years ago in the smallest tent at the festival is one of my very memorable moments from all the Coachellas I’ve been to.

Everyone in that tent were shaking their asses to the beat and smiling at friends and strangers. The love and appreciation for this music from half a world away was palpable. Several times I thought to myself – where else is a better place to be right now than here, in the Mojave desert, experiencing this African music, surrounded by happy people of many races and nationalities?

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