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Listening Booth: The Alabama Shakes and More

Lately, it seems like everyone is talking about the Alabama Shakes, and with good reason—the young quartet (its members met in high school) celebrates timeless, down-home R.&B. and soul, and the bespectacled front woman Brittany Howard has a voice for the ages. Listen to “Hold On,” from their début album, “Boys & Girls”

- Visit our Listening Booth to discover new artists and songs. This week: The Alabama Shakes, Amadou & Mariam, Emily Wells, Bassnectar, Curtis Salgado and Dayna Kurtz.
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Amadou & Mariam - M'bifé (Balafon)

So instead of doing homework, I just played this on repeat for twenty minutes and danced around my room. Bliss. 

I must get to Africa.

Amadou & Mariam are a musical duo from Mali, composed of the couple Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia. The pair, known as “the blind couple from Mali” met at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, and found they shared an interest in music.

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Africa: Wednesday, 09 Nov 11
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Africa: Wednesday, 09 Nov 11

Malian musicians Amadou and Mariam stage blind date

Blind Malian musicians Amadou and Mariam have just staged a series of sell-out concerts in the dark in London.

The stars, who met at the Bamako Institute for the Blind, believe that listening to their music in the dark is the best way to enjoy their performance and to understand how visually impaired people live.

The concerts, called Eclipse, included their most famous songs, as well as recordings from the streets of Mali’s capital, Bamako, and the voice of a narrator telling the story of their lives.

They explained…the idea behind the concerts.

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Amadou and Mariam

Where to begin. I guess at the beginning. I first learned about you, through a link a friend of mine had posted on Facebook.  I had never heard anything like you before, and I was very pleasantly surprised. Your music is just so uplifting and makes me want to swing open the doors, let the sun radiate, and have a dance party! Africa seems like such a lively place, where even in poverty, there is so much positive energy and spirit! One day I will come and experience it for myself! In the mean time, thank you so much for sharing your music with the world. You two are lovely! 


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Amadou & Mariam - M'bifé (Balafon)

So instead of doing homework, I just played this on repeat for twenty minutes and danced around my room. Bliss. 

I must get to Africa.

Amadou & Mariam are a musical duo from Mali, composed of the couple Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia. The pair, known as “the blind couple from Mali” met at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, and found they shared an interest in music.

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Amadou and Mariam - Je Pense A Toi (Henrik Schwarz Remix)

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Amadou & Mariam “Oh Amadou” (feat. Cantat)