Folila 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… Folila 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… 2012-04-10 Amadou & Mariam World Nonesuch
Music Review

Folila (2012)

'FOLILA'-LA The married couple from Mali turn blend different languages and West African sounds on their eclectic new release
Image credit: Youri Lenquette
'FOLILA'-LA The married couple from Mali turn blend different languages and West African sounds on their eclectic new release
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Apr 10, 2012; Lead Performance: Amadou & Mariam; Genre: World; Production: Nonesuch

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

Originally posted Apr 04, 2012 Published in issue #1202 Apr 13, 2012 Order article reprints
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