AMADOU & MARIAM’S BOFOU SAFOU EP OUT TODAY ON BECAUSE MUSIC

GROUP PREMIERES FATIMA YAMAHA REMIX OF “BOFOU SAFOU”

NEW ALBUM LA CONFUSION DUE LATER IN 2017 ON BECAUSE MUSIC

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES CONFIRMED

Critical Acclaim for “Bafou Safou”…

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

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

“You gotta check out this infectious dance tune.” —Stereogum

“The sharp, synth-driven number shows the pair moving into a more Afrobeat infused disco and funk direction.” —The Quietus

Malian musical duo and Grammy-award nominees Amadou & Mariam celebrate the release of their Bofou Safou EP today on Because Music. In addition to the title track, which Stereogum calls “the funk, the whole funk, and nothing but the funk” in premiering the song’s video, the EP includes the “Bofou Safou (Fatima Yamaha Remix)” which the band recently premiered HERE. Amadou & Mariam also premiered the Africaine 808 Remix of “Bofou Safou” HERE and the Henrik Schwarz Remix HERE. Additionally, the EP features a second original song, “Filao Bessame,” with traditional instrumentation. The term “bofou safou” is a Bambara (the Malian national language) nickname given to nonchalant young men who would rather dance than work.

Of the new EP, the group notes, “We really like the remixes that were made for the EP. You get to hear our music in a different form, which is great. All five remixes manage to catch the essence of our song while really pushing those enticing afro pop and electronic vibes further.”

The duo is readying a full album of new music, La Confusion, slated for release later in 2017 on Because Music. This summer the pair will embark on their first major market North American headlining tour in four years with stops Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Montreal and more. See below for a full tour itinerary.

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.


BOFOU SAFOU EP TRACK LIST
1. Bofou Safou
2. Filaou Bessame
3. Bofou Safou (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
4. Bofou Safou (Africaine 808 Remix)
5. Bofou Safou (Lully Remix)
6. Bofou Safou (Fatima Yamaha Remix)
7. Bofou Safou (Vasco Remix)


AMADOU & MARIAM LIVE


July 13 /// Montreal, QC /// Festival Internacional Nuits d’Afrique
July 14 /// Quebec, QC /// Festival D’été de Quebec
July 15 /// Northampton, MA /// Green River Festival
July 16 /// Schenectady, NY /// Music Haven Concert Series 
July 20 /// Washington, DC /// 9:30 Club
July 21 /// Celebrate Brooklyn /// Brooklyn NY
July 22 /// Philadelphia, PA /// World Café Live
July 24 /// Chicago, IL /// Millennium Park
July 27 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Cedar Cultural Center
July 29 /// Boulder, CO /// Boulder Theater
July 31 /// Phoenix, AZ /// Musical Instrument Museum
August 2 /// Tucson, AZ /// Rialto Theater
August 4 /// Los Angeles, CA /// El Rey Theatre
August 5 /// Santa Cruz, CA /// The Catalyst
Aug 6 /// San Francisco, CA /// Sigmund Stern Grove 
August 9 & 10 /// Seattle, WA /// Triple Door
Aug 13 /// Edmonton, ALB Canada /// Edmonton Folk Music Festival

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