Eight albums released selling in millions throughout the world; two time winners of the prestigious Les Victoires de la musique award (the French equivalent to the Grammy Award); two time winners of the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music; winners of the Best Group category in the British Songlines Music Awards; and three time American Grammy Award nomination – it is no wonder that Amadou & Mariam have been titled more than once as the most successful African musical ambassadors of the 21st century.
“The Blind Couple from Mali”, as known among the African community of Mali in West Africa, refers to the musical duo, Amadou Bagayoko (guitar and vocals) and Mariam Doumbia (vocals.) The smiling husband-wife team with the backup of selected groovy musicians lead an ecstatic carnival of the robust and flamboyant musical fusion that tells their fantastic story, from the continent of Africa and across the globe.
At the height of their career, almost 20 years after the release of their debut album, they relocated to Paris. In 2003, they were approached by famous French musician, Manu Chao, who produced their fifth album “Dimanche à Bamako” (“Sunday in Bamako”). Referring to Mali’s capital where they both grew up blind, this album marked the launch of their widespread international success reaching multi-platinum status and winning sought-after awards. Their success continued strong with the release of their following album, “Welcome to Mali”, in 2008, earning them another Grammy award nomination for Best Contemporary World Music. Established international stars, Amadou & Mariam collaborate with leading artists such as Damon Albarn, David Gilmour, Santigold and K’NAAN, performing on prominent stages around the globe and in leading festivals and musical events.
Almost a decade after their last performance in Israel, they return to the Eilat Port landscape, a central intersection of the global Rose of the Winds. Allow the breeze to carry the sounds of this intimate and exciting rendezvous with Amadou and Mariam encompassing roots and traditional African music, accents of rock ‘n’ roll, pop, and R&B, as well as some worldwide electronic music.
Amadou & Mariam / La Confusion Tour
Amadou Bagayoko Guitar, Vocals
Mariam Doumbia Vocals
Yao Dembele Bass
Yvo Abadi Drums
Charles Frederik Avot Keyboards
Photography: Hassan Hajjaj
Duration of the show: 75 minutes