LIVE AT KOKO (24th MAY) & END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL (31st AUG – 3rd SEPT)
NEW ALBUM ‘LA CONFUSION’ DUE LATER IN 2017 ON BECAUSE MUSIC
Amadou & Mariam’s new single ‘Bofou Safou’, their first track in 5 years, is out now on Because Music.
The Malian couple have now shared a video to accompany this slow-paced, Afro-disco gem. It stars a ‘bofou safou’, the Malian nickname given to a young man who would rather party, dance and dress up than work. Like an African John Travolta, he takes us into a nightclub straight out of the 70s, all mirror balls, loud flower wallpaper and vibrant colours, where we find Amadou & Mariam setting the dance floor alight with their blend of Afrobeat, disco and electro.
Directed by Louis Vignat
Produced by Alexis Delanoue in collaboration with African Acid is The Future
The duo are readying a full album of new music slated for release later in 2017 on Because Music.
Amadou & Mariam have confirmed a string of international live dates for the coming months, including their first London show in five years at Koko on 24th May and an appearance at End of the Road Festival.
12 May – Sala Barts – Barcelona, Spain
14 May – Magazine – Rabat, Morocco
17 May – Kaufleuten – Zurich, Switzerland
18 May – Château Rouge Relais Culturel – Annemasse, France 24 May – KOKO – London, UK
10 June – Festival Notes en Vert – La Rochelle, France
11 June – We Love Green Festival – Paris, France
07 July – Pyrène Festival – Bordes, France
03 Sept – End of the Road Festival – Dorset, UK
Amadou & Mariam met in 1975 while attending the Institute for Young Blind in Bamako (where they continue to play an annual benefit concert).Influenced by the records of Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd as well as traditional African music, the couple began working as a duo in 1983. Their transition from world music stages to rock festival headliners came with 2005’s Manu Chao-produced ‘Dimanche à Bamako,’ one of the best-selling African albums of all time.
In recent years, Amadou and Mariam have toured with Coldplay and U2 and jammed with musical heroes David Gilmour and Johnny Marr. They’ve performed at a Nobel Peace Prize concert in honour of Barack Obama, and played at the opening ceremonies of the last two FIFA world cups. Manu Chao and Damon Albarn have lent their production skills to their records and they have worked with some of the most innovative names in contemporary rock music via Albarn’s ‘Africa Express’ and other cross-cultural projects, such as ‘L’Afrik C’est Chic’.