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Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia, known as “the blind couple from Mali,” are beyond category, serving up a mix of traditional Malian sounds, electric guitar, Cuban brass, Indian tablas, gutsy blues-soaked vocals, dense African rhythms and pointed lyrics. After meeting as teenagers and marrying 32 years ago, the duo has circled the globe with their scintillating sound, sharing stages with Stevie Wonder and U2. Their latest album Folia features guest appearances by Santigold and the Scissors Sisters’ Jake Shears following the massive success of Manu Chao’s work on their album Dimanche a Bamako.

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