Sunday, November 30, 2008

song of the day - 11.29.08: amadou and mariam - sabali

I'd never heard of this duo before two days ago, but apparently Amadou & Mariam have been around for quite a while now, doing their thing. They are a blind couple from Mali who mix traditional and modern sounds to make some really cool songs like this one, "Sabali." This song sound simultaneously old and new, and either way, it's just a stunning melody that needs no context or explanation. It was produced by Damon Albarn of Gorillaz and Blur fame. Also, apparently they have a huge fan in Manu Chao, who approached them to collaborate on a previous album, and I haven't found anything saying this, but I swear he's on at least one of the tracks on the album Welcome to Mali, off which "Sabali" is the first single,. Expect to see this album somewhere on my soon-to-be-posted "Top [some number] Albums of 2008" list.

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