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Reviewed on 12th July 2009.

 
 

Masiteladi

By Amadou & Mariam

The majority of you will wince at the very mention of 'world music,' and I don't blame you one bit.

'Masiteladi' is the latest single from Amadou & Mariam, a blind couple from Mali who seem to have simmered away under the radar with two albums and the grace of Damon Alburn. This is far from your usual African roots fair, though. 'Masiteladi' is a striking blend of traditional African music and western pop essentials. The sound is a whole lot tougher than the tiresome djembe drumming affair with churning process beats and a fiercely dirty, treble guitar lick. Unable to understand the lyrics, you can still appreciate the sense of urgency in the vocal lines and a projection of deep, dark intensity is made. It's bluesy, but of a different kind. The Rob da Bank remix on the flipside isn't up to much, but the Mo Dj alternative is certainly more electrifying.

 

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