Amadou & Mariam

Welcome to Mali

2009-05-11

Amadou & Mariam's Welcome to Mali is a really cool mixture of traditional African music and contemporary music trends. The album was produced by Damon Albarn, of The Gorillaz and Blur, and he also plays many of the instruments. As one would expect, that adds a lot of depth to the record, turning otherwise basic worldbeat songs into a hybrid of modern western pop mixed with African music. When many of the songs start it sounds like anything on top 40 radio, until Mariam Doumbia's distinct voice breaks in her native language. There's nothing ordinary about these tunes, like opener "Sabali" and "Djuru, which mixes hand drumming with drum machine tracks for a nice effect.

More reviews tagged #World

  • reviewed 08/2012

    LEON FOSTER THOMAS
    Brand New Mischief

  • reviewed 09/2008

    Various Artists-Calypsoul 70: Caribbean and Calypso Crossover 1969-1979
    Calypsoul 70: Caribbean and Calypso Crossover 1969-1979

  • reviewed 11/2006

    CONECTOR
    Conector

  • reviewed 04/2007

    CHAMBAO
    Pokito a Poko

  • reviewed 12/2009

    FUNDUBMENTALS
    FunDubMentals

  • reviewed 06/2005

    Shukar Collective
    Urban Gypsy

Compiled by the WYCE Journalism Club

The opinions expressed in these reviews are those of the individual volunteers that submitted the article and do not necessarily reflect the views of WYCE or GRCMC; nor its staff, donors, or affiliates.