Amadou & Mariam: Dimanche a Bamako (2005)
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Having issued a handful of excellent Afro-rock albums on small independent labels in the last few years, which have attracted attention within the world music community, Amadou and Miriam are poised to break out with Dimanche A Bamako, arguably the best album of a career that goes back 30 years. Produced by mischievous French/Spanish pop star Manu Chao
(who even co-wrote and sings on a few tunes), the album fuses the couple's dynamic grooves with the producer's signature everything-and-the-kitchen sink backgrounds. This is truly a collaboration of like-minded individuals: Chao's own rabid multi-culti mix of styles enhances the blind couple's guitar-driven mix of blues-rock and African percussion, as well as Latin, dance and reggae grooves. Highlights include the impossibly catchy Senegal Fast Food
and the percolating Coulibaly
, while the couple's political bent comes out on Politic Amagni
. Truly an album with a global perspective, there is something for everyone here, and rather than diluting the stew, it makes it all the more tasty.