Folila (2012) 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
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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