Amadou & Mariam
Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Fri., June 5, 2009
Amadou & MariamWelcome to Mali (Because Music/Nonesuch)
2005's Dimanche a Bamako percolated more like a mic-check to producer Manu Chao's own La Radiolina than this blind Mali couple's much ballyhooed Western outage, and though Damon Albarn opener "Sabali" swings London, A&M's follow-up bottles their joyous West African boogie. Dancing desert blues refract Parisian pop while still best at home in the title trance, "Africa," and hard-jangled closer "Sekebe."