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Sou Ni Tile ()

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Mali's Amadou & Mariam sing in three African languages and French but more importantly are fluent in a musical language that often transcends ordinary speech. Polyrhythmic percussion, complex vocal harmonies, and fluid guitar, violin, and horn lines -- as well as the occasional harmonica -- are combined to create earthy songs that are more given the breath of life than performed. Each of the album's 15 songs beats with its own human, living pulse. "A Radio Mogo" hints at Caribbean reggae, while "Mon Amour, Ma Cherie" allows Amadou to stretch out a bit on guitar, over a rolling, throbbing beat. While not as blues-oriented as the more internationally known Malian guitarists, Ali Farka Toure and Boubacar Traore, Amadou plays guitar in an accomplished, heartfelt style that's accessible in any language. In Sou Ni Tile, Amadou & Mariam and their band have created mature, intelligent pop music that's accessible exactly because the musicians have chosen not to trade exuberance or passion for their maturity and intelligence. ~ Brian Beatty, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Lucyland

Bow to the King and Queen of Malian pop

by Lucyland on Feb 8, 2008

Yet another amazing group to emerge from Mali. When a friend turned me on to Sou Ni Tile a few years back it immediately became a cherished favorite. They ROCK WAY OUT, sing loving songs to each other (usually written by Mariam -- C'est la Vie), lament about being the downtrodden, or stand up tall for the Dogons (talk about a kick-butt song!) Thanks to an assorted Int'l crew of musicians and producers one can easily to listen to the same song twice and discover yet another texture weaving around Amadou's big, rich guitar. (They also put on a fab live show.) Immediate purchase is highly recommended...! Definitely on my desert-island-shuffle.

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