featuring MANU CHAO


If you’ve been to any of my shows recently and watched me twitching & grooving prior to the show’s start and wondered if I was having a fit, or possessed by demons, then the answer is – No!

I’m listening on my I-pod to some truly kikkass music fae Mali, played by the fantastic AMADOU & MARIAM … great melodies, kicking beats and astonishing guitars … trust me folks, this is truly uplifting stuff … a feast for the ears!



Amadou and Mariam are a musical duo from Mali, composed of the couple Mariam Doumbia (vocals) and Amadou Bagayoko (guitar and vocals)


The pair, known as “the blind couple from Mali” met at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, and found they shared an interest in music.


The duo produces music that mixes traditional Mali sound with rock guitars, Syrian violins, Cuban trumpets, Egyptian ney, Colombian trombones, Indian tablas and Dogon percussion. All these elements put together have been referred to as “Afro-blues”.


This is one of my favourite track from the album at the moment – SENEGAL FAST FOOD – and, for RAB, it features a great bit of moothie