AMADOU & MARIAM RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA

SUMMER TOUR DATES INCLUDE PERFORMANCES AT BONNAROO AND SF JAZZ FESTIVAL

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM LA CONFUSION OUT NOW ON BECAUSE MUSIC

Malian musical duo and Grammy-award nominees Amadou & Mariam are set to return to North America this summer for a run of tour dates including appearances at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. See below for a list of dates.

The pair are touring in support of their critically acclaimed ninth full-length LP, La Confusion, out now on Because Music. Purchase the album HERE.

La Confusion features the hit single “Bofou Safou,” which Stereogum calls “the funk, the whole funk, and nothing but the funk,” as well as the title track whose video Billboard premiered HERE. Amadou & Mariam discussed La Confusion and performed new music on stops at NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” and PRI’s “Studio 360” during their most recent sold out North American seventeen city headline tour.

La Confusion continues to receive extensive critical praise:


“The music, all bouncy, perky synth-pop, makes dancing the clear priority” —The New York Times

“Amadou & Mariam have broken ground both in West Africa and abroad.” –NPR's "World Cafe"

“‘Bofou Safou’ shows them bending outside influences to suit their sound.” —Pitchfork

“Another exploration in world groove, adding some new sonic textures and flavors amidst the percolating and often joyful sound that's the duo’s trademark.” –Billboard

“Confusion has a new, funkier vibe.” –PRI's "Studio 360"

“When they recently dropped the infectious dance tune ‘Bofou Safou’ it shouldn’t have surprised anyone who is familiar with their catalogue. Take a listen and try not to move. Best New Music –KCRW

“Amadou & Mariam infuse blues riffs and melodic pop hooks into traditional Malian music, creating rich sonic tapestries that are intensely joyful while retaining the muted cool of indie rock.” –The Washington Post

Hailing from Mali, Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia first met as children at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind—both lost their vision at an early age. It was here that they started performing in the institute’s Eclipse Orchestra, eventually marrying and began recording together in the ‘80s

Over the span of three decades Amadou (guitar and vocals) and Mariam (vocals) developed an international following having recorded eight full-length albums and toured around the world. Their album Welcome To Mali (2008) was nominated for the “Best Contemporary World Music Album” at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Tour highlights for the duo include supporting U2 on their U2 360 Tour, performing at the 2010 World Cup for FIFA’s Kick-Off Celebration and performing alongside major acts across multiple genres such including Blur, Coldplay and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.

For more information, please contact Samantha Tillman or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.


AMADOU & MARIAM LIVE

June 6 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Brooklyn Steel
June 7 /// Alexandria, VA /// The Birchmere
June 8 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Cedar Cultural Center
June 10 /// Manchester, TN /// Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
June 14 /// Los Angeles, CA /// El Rey Theatre
June 15 /// San Francisco, CA /// San Francisco Jazz Festival
June 16 /// San Francisco, CA /// San Francisco Jazz Festival



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