The Malian husband-and-wife duo of Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia have travelled a long way from Bamako’s Institute for the Young Blind, where they met nearly 50 years ago. Since 2004’s breakthrough album Dimanche à Bamako, produced by Manu Chao, their rich, radiant blend of desert blues and Afro-pop with rock, disco and hip-hop has won a passionate international following. They have regularly appeared in Damon Albarn’s Africa Express and collaborated with Johnny Marr, Flea and David Gilmour as well as fellow African greats including Toumani Diabaté and Bassekou Kouyate.
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