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Reviewed on 18th February 2009.

 
 

Ce n'est pas bon

By Amadou & Mariam

After all the fuss about the Albarn connection on A&M's latest album, 'Welcome to Mali' this is a cut that could have sat pretty comfortably on their previous Manu Chao-produced LP 'Dimanche A Bamako'. Only the distortion on the guitar and perhaps the marimba intro give this away as a more Westernised version of their sound.
But business as usual is good news for lovers of their harmonised chants and joyous inflections, having said that I've no idea what they're going on about here, politics, hunger? It's not good whatever it is, but the feel of the track is uplifting and hopeful, with non of the anger and sarcasm, or indeed humour, of Fela Kuti's protest songs, for example.
That's the attraction of this pair, they seem so damn nice you can't help but love them.
If you have the album, the mixes here don't add a great deal, radio edit and a 'Cantina' mix by Laurent Jais. If you don't have the album, sort it out.

 

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