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Welcome to the world of Amadou & Mariam, a sphere that now stretches from the dusty streets of Bamako to playing the mainstage at Glastonbury, and from the timeless traditions of Mali to playing the official FIFA World Cup Opening Concert in Johannesburg this summer…

… Along the way they have performed with the likes of Damon Albarn, Manu Chao and the Scissor Sisters and have been enthusiastically embraced by Western rock fans. One minute they’re touring the US with Coldplay and the next minute, Pink Floyd guitar legend David Gilmour is sitting in with them on stage in London for Crisis. They recently played the Nobel Peace Prize concert in honour of Barack Obama, and were selected by Matt Groening (of The Simpson’s fame) to perform at his edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties.Their biography ‘Away From The Light of Day’ was published in English this summer.

All this has been achieved while remaining true to their roots and without compromising their authenticity. Their unique mix of unforgettable pop melodies and contagious rhythms, driven by Amadou’s bluesy electric guitar and the compelling interplay of their two voices may have its roots deeply planted in Africa…

…By the age of six Mariam had gone blind, a disadvantage that did not prevent her from becoming famous in her community as a singer at weddings and other traditional ceremonies. Amadou also lost his eyesight in childhood but was fascinated by music, first playing percussion and then taking up the guitar.
They met in 1977 while attending the Institute for Young Blind in Bamako (where to this day they play an annual benefit concert).

Influenced by the records of Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd as well as traditional African music, Amadou attended blind school by day but by night played guitar in the Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako, one of West Africa’s most legendary bands. He also began working in the institute’s own band with Mariam, who cites her influences as including James Brown, Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd alongside the great traditional female djelis of Malian song…

…July 2009 found Amadou & Mariam supporting Blur in London’s Hyde Park before embarking on a tour of the US with stadium-fillers Coldplay. As Blur’s Damon Albarn puts it : ”I don’t think there’s ever been a band from Africa with whom people have engaged in quite such a way.”

read more: official website

the concert of the 4th of March is cancelled

5/3, 22:30


ticket pre-sale:
info: 210 34 52 277

@ gazARTE , 32-34 Voutadon str. Gazi

info & on-line tickets: 210-3452277, 210-3460347

metro station: “Keramikos”

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