Amadou & Mariam at Overture
On August 6 at 7:30 p.m., Amadou & Mariam will perform at the Overture
Center’s Capitol Theater. Alhaji N'jai and Linda Vakunta of Panafrica Music
on WORT call them “a one of a kind duo of musical collaboration from
Mali, West Africa who are celebrated throughout the world for their unique
and eclectic style of music.”
The couple met in 1977 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, Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd, as well as
traditional African music, the couple began working as a duo in 1983, and
their early recordings have since been remastered and reissued by
Because Music on the box set 1990-1995: The Best of the African Years.
In recent years, Amadou & Mariam have toured with Coldplay and U2 and
jammed with David Gilmour and Johnny Marr. They’ve performed at a
Nobel Peace Prize concert in honor of Barack Obama and played at the
opening ceremonies of the last two FIFA World Cups.
Folila is the first Amadou & Mariam studio album since Welcome to Mali,
one of the most acclaimed recordings of 2009, which featured
contributions from Damon Albarn, K’Naan and Keziah Jones.
Tickets are $28 and can be purchased online at www.overturecenter.com.