AMADOU & MARIAM, WELCOME TO MALI

Titans of world music, this Malian husband-and-wife duo continue to transcend borders.

__Amadou & Mariam, Welcome to Mali

[Because Music/Nonesuch Records]__

Our rating: 4.5 out of a possible 5

Titans of world music, this Malian husband-and-wife duo continue to transcend borders. On the mind-blowing "Sabali" (produced by Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn), they meld their trademark African-blues sound with an indie-rock melody, seventies ELO synths, and programmed beats to create a soulful and modern pop masterpiece. Matt Hendrickson

"Sabali"

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