Monday, June 26, 2006

Amadou and Mariam @ The El Rey Theater, Los Angeles

About a year ago, I heard of Amadou and Mariam. I am not sure how, but the album ended up on my iTunes. I listened to it a couple of times and liked it, but forgot about it.

If you haven't heard of them, Amadou and Mariam are an amazing blind couple from Mali that plays what many people refer to as "afro-blues." Apaprently, they blew the crowd away at Coachella and Bonaroo, so last Saturday I went to check them out at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles.

They perform entirely in French and wear kickass sunglasses (even indoors). Amadou is an incredible guitarist and manages to lead an amazing band regardless of sight. The crowd loved every second of the show (except for my friend Mat who barely clapped).

It was one of the more diverse concerts I had been to in a while as NPR moms were there with their elementary aged students as well as hipsters. By the end of the show, the entire place was clapping and singing along. I did my best to sing along to French. It was highly entertaining.

If you haven't seen these guys, I highly recommend checking them out. They are touring throughout the summer (they are playing BAM in Brooklyn and Central Park Summerstage in July) and their cd, Dimanche à Bamako, is available everywhere.

MP3: Amadou and Mariam - M'bife

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw this band in Boulder last night and it was most fun show I've seen in a while. I picked it over Sonic Youth -- who I love so much -- but M&A was the right choice. The best I can describe it was:

It was definitely Afro beat, but sung with major pop hooks and sprinkled with a Cash sounding guitar and seriously danceable Happy Monday jams.

What a cool time.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Sonny Blundt said...

Saw this band in Boulder last night and it was most fun show I've seen in a while. I picked it over Sonic Youth -- who I love so much -- but M&A was the right choice. The best I can describe it was:

It was definitely Afro beat, but sung with major pop hooks and sprinkled with a Cash sounding guitar and seriously danceable Happy Monday jams.

What a cool time.

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Blogger dan said...

I am glad you enjoyed it. That is a great description. I cant wait to see them again.

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