Amadou & Mariam

+ Témé Tan

Saturday 4 November 2017 Doors 7pm
490 Commercial Road
E1 0HX
0844 249 1000

Amadou & Mariam met in 1975 while attending the Institute for Young Blind in Bamako. Influenced by the records of Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd as well as traditional African music, the couple began working as a duo in 1983. Their fine, distinctive work features powerful vocals married to hypnotic, undulating West African grooves.

Their transition from world music stages to rock festival headliners came with 2005’s Manu Chao-produced ‘Dimanche à Bamako,’ one of the best-selling African albums of all time. In recent years, Amadou and Mariam have toured with Coldplay and U2 and jammed with musical heroes David Gilmour and Johnny Marr. They’ve performed at a Nobel Peace Prize concert in honour of Barack Obama, and played at the opening ceremonies of the last two FIFA world cups. Manu Chao and Damon Albarn have lent their production skills to their records and they have worked with some of the most innovative names in contemporary rock music via Albarn’s ‘Africa Express’ and other cross-cultural projects, such as ‘L’Afrik C’est Chic’.

Amadou & Mariam released their new album ‘La Confusion’ through Because Music on 22 September.

‘La Confusion’ is a blast of musical fresh air, accomplished with joy, exuberance and pure talent.’ Loud and Quiet

‘Amadou and Mariam infuse blues riffs and melodic pop hooks into traditional Malian music, creating rich sonic tapestries that are intensely joyful while retaining the muted cool of indie rock.’ The Washington Post

‘Hypnotic…glittering, jittery funk.’ The Philadelphia Enquirer

Multi-instrumentalist Témé Tan is support. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and growing up surrounded by the zouk and rumba music of his Congolese relatives, he draws from his upbringing and travels to Brazil, Japan, Peru, Norway, Guinea, and more to create a mesh that’s quite unlike anything else.

14+. Under 16’s seated with an adult 18+