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The story of Folila the word means music in Bambara boasts three distinct chapters, and is a tale of how two records became one. Marc-Antoine Moreau, the duo's long-time manager and producer explains: "The original idea was to make two albums: One was going to be a crossover record made in New York City, where Amadou & Mariam have many musical friends and relationships; and the other was to be a more rootsy album recorded in Bamako with mostly African guests and African percussion instead of a drum kit." Both plans came to fruition, but when Amadou & Mariam listened back to the richness of the two sessions, a third way suggested itself: to combine the two recordings in a seamless, organic fashion. The resulting work is an example of how tradition and modernity can work together to generate something new and unique.

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2. Wily Kataso (feat. Tunde & Kyp of TV On The Radio)
3. Oh Amadou (feat. Bertrand Cantat)
4. Metemya (feat. Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters)
5. Baro (feat. Bertrand Cantat)
6. Africa Mon Afrique (feat. Bertrand Cantat)
7. C'est Pas Facile Pour Les Aigles (feat. Ebony Bones)
8. Sans Toi
9. Mogo (feat. Bertrand Cantat)
10. Bagnale (feat. Abdallah Oumbadougou)
11. Nebe Miri (feat. Theophilus London)
12. Chérie

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  • Audio CD (April 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B0074V0K2Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Welcome to the world of Amadou & Mariam, a sphere that now stretches from the dusty streets of Bamako to playing the main stage at Glastonbury, and from the timeless traditions of Mali to playing the official FIFA World Cup Opening Concert in Johannesburg last summer.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 17, 2012
Format: Audio CD
There's nothing harder than creating the follow-up to genius.

The next Shakespeare play produced after "Hamlet" was...."The Merry Wives of Windsor."

Michael Jackson's follow-up to "Thriller" was..."Bad."

Harper's Lee next book after "To Kill A Mockingbird" was...nothing.

In 2005, Amadou and Mariam released "Dimanche a Bamako."

It's a spectacular collection; I'm not the only listener who would make sure I had it with me on a trip that might see me stranded on a deserted island.

They followed it up with "Welcome to Mali", less local, more slickly produced, easy to love.

And now they've released "Folila," which means "music" in the Bambara language. It's got a lot of hip international names that matter to those who follow hip international musicians, and it has a lot of different colors and textures, and a big fuss is being made over it on NPR and The New York Times and other high-toned media.

I wish I loved it more.

This is not to say I don't love it a lot. I do. Especially at the beginning and the end. But in the middle are a few songs that are just ..busy. I feel awful saying this, for Amadou is the unacknowledged greatest-guitarist-on-the-planet and Mariam's voice can shatter glass --- criticizing them may suggest nothing more than that they're too good for me. In which case, I'm rather like Emperor Joseph II, in "Amadeus," telling Mozart: "Your work is ingenious. It's quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that's all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect."

Last year, Amadou and Mariam had an amazing idea --- a series of concerts performed in the dark. A genius idea, really, for they are both blind. As Amadou explained: "If you cannot see, your sense of sound becomes richer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katherine M. Peron on May 17, 2012
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Was very hard to find but Amazon had it. I enjoy this CD with it's beautiful music. Helps with the home sickness. Amazing music from a very talented blind couple.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By islander on September 2, 2013
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Amadou & Mariam play a fusion of West African blues and a wide range of other influences. They have achieved much success and recognition with their previous work. "Folila" thus has the difficult task of following their two previous brilliant albums, "Dimanche a Bamako" and "Welcome To Mali".
"Folila" is a good album, possibly returning a little more to their blues roots than the previous two albums. It features many guest artists, and there is still a wide range of other musical influences on it. I enjoy it, but after many listens it doesn't grab me the way their previous albums did. I would thus say it's good, but not great.
The album features 13 tracks and is about 46 minutes in total. In recognition of their international audience, much of the album is in French or English, in addition to singing in a local Mali language. Helpfully, the liner notes have English translations.
I do recommend this album, and if you want to hear even better work from Amadou & Mariam, check out "Dimanche a Bamako" and "Welcome To Mali".
As an aside, if you ever get the chance to see them perform live, take it - I've had the privilege and they were awesome.
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By dan on December 14, 2013
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Soulful collection of songs from the heart. The passion is heartfelt in every title. The harmony of these two voices is heavenly.
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