New Release: Amadou & Mariam And Blind Boys Of Alabama – From Bamako To Birmingham / Two Cultures, One Beat

Amadou & Mariam and Blind Boys Of Alabama will release two new songs ‘Bamako To Birmingham’ and ‘Two Cultures, One Beat’ through Because Music on 26th July

The fruit of a collaboration between the celebrated groups called ‘From Bamako To Birmingham’ has also seen the bands play sold-out shows across Europe. Having performed at The Barbican and Walthamstow Garden Party last weekend, ‘From Bamako To Birmingham’ will return to the UK next month for appearances at Cambridge Folk Festival and Edinburgh Fringe

This cross-genre collaboration came about through conversations between the bands on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. They then set out to record some music, which the Blind Boys kicked off by laying down two tracks in the USA which included their distinctive vocals. Those tracks were sent to Mali, where vocals and Amadou’s distinctive guitar sounds were added. The result is the two tracks now being released by Because Music

Listen to the two new tracks, below…

One of the most famous ambassadors for Malian music, Amadou & Mariam have managed to joyfully combine their love story with a musical career for the past forty-odd years. They have collaborated with many different people and worked with producers like Damon Albarn or Manu Chao and have invited artists such Santigold, TV On The Radio, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to play on their songs and have had their tracks remixed by Yuksek, Vitalic, Henrik Schwarz, Miike Snow and Ashley Beedle. Amadou & Mariam have played the world’s biggest festivals, from Coachella to Glastonbury, and opened for bands such as Coldplay and the Scissor Sisters. By enriching their Afro-pop with new elements, the duo has brought African music to the charts and to the dance floor

The career of Blind Boys of Alabama spans over 70 years and they are recognised worldwide as living legends of gospel music. The Blind Boys are known for crossing musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favourites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. They have appeared on recordings with many artists, including Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Patty Griffin and Taj Mahal

‘From Bamako To Birmingham’ Tour…

Aug 1st – Cork, Skibereen Arts Festival
2nd – Cork, Skibereen Arts Festival
4th – Cambridge, Cambridge Folk Festival
7th – Edinburgh, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
8th – Västra Götalands län, Sweden, Way Out West

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