AMADOU & MARIAM
VIDEO UNVEILED TO NEW TRACK ‘LA CONFUSION’
NEW ALBUM ‘LA CONFUSION’ RELEASED ON 22nd SEPTEMBER ON BECAUSE MUSIC
LIVE AT THE TROXY 4th NOVEMBER
“Leave it to Amadou & Mariam to know just how to balance the weight of a message with the pull of the dance floor” – Pitchfork
“The sharp, synth-driven number shows the pair moving into a more Afrobeat infused disco and funk direction.”—The Quietus
Amadou & Mariam have unveiled the video to ‘La Confusion’, the title track of their new album out through Because Music on 22nd September.
Commenting on the song, Amadou explained, “It’s about the current state of confusion that we find ourselves surrounded by. In these trying times, we often lose our points of reference and some of the values we once had. People often struggle to see the difference between what is true and what is not and don’t know what to believe in anymore. We simply don’t know which way to turn.” Directed by Akinola Davies Jr, the video to ‘La Confusion’ can be viewed here:
The duo’s current single ‘Filaou Bessame’ was added to the B List at 6 Music this week. Amadou & Mariam, who recently sold out London’s Koko, will return to the capital on 4th
November to play at The Troxy. The band will also appear as penultimate headliners at End of the Road Festival on 3rd
September. ‘La Confusion’, the highly anticipated ninth full-length album from the Malian duo and Grammy-award nominees, is available for pre-order now HERE
03 September – End of the Road Festival – Dorset, UK
13 September – Rough Trade East – London, UK
04 November – The Troxy – London, UK – TICKETS
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’.