Friday, June 15 • 7:30pm
Saturday, June 16 • 2pm
Amadou & Mariam, the famed “blind couple from Mali,” bring their grooving, GRAMMY-nominated mix of Malian pop and Hendrix-flavored blues-rock with “spine-tingling harmonies that make the music soar.” (Spin) The Bamako-born husband and wife met at while students at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, and found a shared interest in music and performing. Since that momentous meeting, the couple has risen through the African and European music scenes to become one of the hottest world music acts today, sharing the stage with artists including Coldplay, U2, Alicia Keys and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.
Five and half years after the release of their star-studded Nonesuch release Folila — a recording featuring collaborations with Damon Albarn, TV On The Radio, Santigold, and members of Antibalas and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs that brought a new dimension of notoriety to the duo — they return with 2017’s La Confusion, a move to a more intimate style featuring primarily African collaborators including kora player Djeli Moussa Diawara and ngoni master Youssouf Diabaté. At a time when Africa’s cultural and social issues have become so deeply politicized, La Confusion is a fitting statement of gratitude and connectedness, an album that “offers uplift in a time of global insecurity.” (Pitchfork)