Amadou and Mariam

This is the second release from this real life couple. Their first was a worldwide hit selling nearly 500,000 copies. On this release they have brought out the star power in that Canadian K'Naan and Toumani Diabate provide some guest vocals and Damon Albarn (from Blur) produces a track. They and their record label are obviously expecting bigger and better things from this duo.

The sound is a bigger more diverse one with their musical roots still remaining there. Funky music is accompanied by the duos' fun voices. Despite their ages (they are both in their 50s) the sound is fresh and youthful. Interesting that the weakest track on the album is the only one sung in English.

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