Amadou & Mariam

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Amadou & Mariam

'African rhythms, sweet soul harmonies and '60s Memphis guitar' **** Mojo Magazine

Once a decade, it seems, a record emerges from the dense and vibrant undergrowth of the world music scene to achieve mass popular success in the mainstream. Back in the 1980s it was the Gypsy Kings. In the 1990s it was Buena Vista Social Club. And now it's the turn of the West African duo, Amadou and Mariam.

We live in an excitable world in which words like 'sensation' and 'phenomenal' have been devalued by overuse. Yet it's hard to avoid such vocabulary... more