Posted in MP3 | music | pictures on July 18, 2006

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Amadou & Mariam at Summerstage

I saw Amadou et Mariam play Central Park Summerstage in NYC Sunday afternoon (July 16, 2006). They're "a musical duo from Mali, composed of the couple Mariam Doumbia (vocals) and Amadou Bagayoko (guitar and vocals)". Also known as "the blind couple from Mali", "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'."

It was HOT out and I spent the entire day before watching bands in Coney Island. Factors like that might ruin an outdoor Sunday afternoon concert for me, yet I'm pretty sure it was the most fun I've had at a show all year. I'll probably consider it the best, or close to the best, show of 2006 (when the year is over....for those who like lists). It was the first time in recent history that I remember myself REALLY wishing the band wouldn't stop playing. I left Central Park drenched in sweat and on a total adrenaline high. Amadou et Mariam please come back soon.

Thx Wikipedia for some of the quotes. Thx David Prince for the picture - I took some, but I can't seem to get them off my seemingly-corrupted memory card ($@#$@#$). Too bad I missed their Thursday afternoon show in Brooklyn.

pic of Amadou et Mariam @ Bonnaroo 2006 | free NYC shows
Amadou & Mariam playing BAM & Bonnaroo | 2006 Tour Dates
Amadou & Mariam playing Summerstage, Coachella
Stream (songs from) the Amadou & Miriam album
Amadou and Mariam | CMJ 2005



Comments (4)

Nice. I got there to late and they had stopped letting people in. I ahve wanted to see thema gian after the 2 shows I saw a Joe's pub last year. You can't help but have a good time when they are playing.

Posted by danfun | July 18, 2006 12:04 PM

I got there during the act that played prior to Amadou & Miriam, Daby Toure. Afro-pop I guess you'd call it and it was really, really beautiful. The place was PACKED & HOT. My crew slipped back out and found a shady spot on the lawn outside of the venue. Tons of room to spread out, picnic, and nap. Amadou & Miriam played an absolutely beautiful show which was the perfect way to spend a day recovering from a ROUGH Siren hangover.

Posted by Nineteen-ninety-never | July 18, 2006 12:40 PM

I will be going to summerstage in august for the first time with a group of people. the free concert starts at 3pm but the doors open at 1:30. what time should we meet in line? 12:30? 1pm?

Posted by rooster | July 21, 2006 10:33 AM

did they play senegal fast food?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2006 4:23 PM

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