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Folila review - Amadou & Mariam

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'FOLILA'-LA The married couple from Mali turn blend different languages and West African sounds on their eclectic new release
Youri Lenquette

Folila

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
music label:
81217
genre:
World

We gave it an A-

American artists have borrowed from West African music for decades, so it only makes sense that Mali’s most famous married duo would cash in a few long-standing favors. Folila, Amadou & Mariam’s seventh album, features drop-ins from Santigold, Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, and neo-soul star Theophilus London. Though they sing in different languages, the tongue of teamwork makes for universal understanding — especially on the spry, haunting ”Wily Kataso.” A-

Best Tracks:
Shuffling Oh Amadou
Fiery Dougou Badia

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