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Amadou & Mariam — M'Bifé Balafon
Album: Dimanche à Bamako
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Released: 2005
Length: 1:53
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Les dimanché Bamako c'est le jour de mariage
Les dimanché Bamako c'est le jour de mariage
C'est le jour de mariage
La kora et le n'goni sont aussi au rendez-vous
Les dimanché Bamako c'est le jour de mariage
Les dimanché Bamako c'est le jour de mariage
Les parents et les sympathisants sont au rendez-vous
Les copains et les voisins sont au rendez-vous
Les dimanché Bamako c'est le jour de mariage
Les dimanché Bamako c'est le jour de mariage
Les hommes et les femmes ont mis leurss beaux boubous
Les bijoux et les chaussures sont au rendez-vous
Les bazins et les bogolans sont au rendez-vous
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 DrLex wrote:

Technically, they're balafons.
 

And technically, balafons are awesome.
Very smooth segue from Billy Idol Flesh for Fantasy to this.
this couple are AWESOME...saw them at WOMAD a couple of years ago, if you haven't heard of this it is a World Of Music and Dance festival. 
 DrLex wrote:

Technically, they're balafons.
 
or barfalongs for Throttle13
A perfect little song.
I frequently run into this problem here- the music is so consistently wonderful that I don't want to go and run my errands.                  (Because, obviously, dancing >errands.)
Slo Mo Dancing Banana . 

{#Bananasplit}
 Throttle13 wrote:
I just can't get behind the xylophones. {#Stop}

 
Technically, they're balafons.
I think there may be a good reason why there aren't more xylophones in popular music
I just can't get behind the xylophones. {#Stop}
It's the opening theme for one of my fevorite radio shows. Nice to descover the artist
 
I like these folks.  Very sweet.
the poetry and verve at the song's opening get me in a slippery-bop dance-mood  : )
Trop grave mignon.
This is just a FUN tune
This song is too short.
 oldfart48 wrote:
Osama & AL- QAEDA  are C.I.A. trained, supplied and encouraged G.H.W.Bush ex head of cia , ex thief of the oval office, father of that idiot W., son of a Nazi,  planner of 9/11 and killer of the Kennadys, M.L. King  AND MANY MORE is directly responcable for most terriost acts on this planet. All to get and keep the " Patriot Act  " in place. Whitch has destroyed  our rights as a free people.

 


 oldfart48 wrote:
Osama & AL- QAEDA  are C.I.A. trained, supplied and encouraged G.H.W.Bush ex head of cia , ex thief of the oval office, father of that idiot W., son of a Nazi,  planner of 9/11 and killer of the Kennadys, M.L. King  AND MANY MORE is directly responcable for most terriost acts on this planet. All to get and keep the " Patriot Act  " in place. Whitch has destroyed  our rights as a free people.

 
You sound like an old fart from Colorado.
I love it when you expose me to some new awesome world music.  Thanks RP!
this entire CD is hopelessly addictive
{#Eek}      

     


Osama & AL- QAEDA  are C.I.A. trained, supplied and encouraged G.H.W.Bush ex head of cia , ex thief of the oval office, father of that idiot W., son of a Nazi,  planner of 9/11 and killer of the Kennadys, M.L. King  AND MANY MORE is directly responcable for most terriost acts on this planet. All to get and keep the " Patriot Act  " in place. Whitch has destroyed  our rights as a free people.  {#Drunk} 


 



 mojoman wrote:
The tragedy is that they would not be safe in their own homeland now, thanks to al-Qaeda nutjobs.

  Osama & AL- QAEDA  are C.I.A. trained, supplied and encouraged G.H.W.Bush ex head of cia , ex thief of the oval office, father of that idiot W., son of a Nazi,  planner of 9/11 and killer of the Kennadys, M.L. King  AND MANY MORE is directly responcable for most terriost acts on this planet. All to get and keep the " Patriot Act  " in place. Whitch has destroyed  our rights as a free people.
The tragedy is that they would not be safe in their own homeland now, thanks to al-Qaeda nutjobs.
I purchased massive digital buckets of their music after seeing them live at Lollapalooza.

Talk about a massive non-stop, air-tight Malinese groove fest.

The piece you really get to appreciate when you see them live is Amadou's MASTERY COMMAND & CONTROL of his golden guitar - he can play that thing like ringing a bell. 
I started buying this group's music on vinyl because of Radio Paradise. Thank you for sharing so many of their great songs. It's really hard to get through bands with large discographies and I really wan to own "the good stuff" first :)
 victoryluna wrote:
A perfect little song.
Wish it would go on weaving its spell a bit longer...

 
+1
Foot. Will. Not. Keep. Still.
My 2 year old son danced his booty off to this tune.  Thanks!
 4merdj wrote:
Groovy little tune! 
Is this the one they are playing?
Thumb Piano 
 
M'Bife balafon!! (Amadou plays the guitar, and someone is playing the balafon. Those are the lead instruments, anyway :)
Groovy little tune! 
Is this the one they are playing?
Thumb Piano 
Marvelous!  Love that Kalimba and the Tout l'frou-frou beat!!
A perfect little song.
Wish it would go on weaving its spell a bit longer...
Yes, tres plez for me , too.
Amadou et Mariam me plaisent beaucoup {#Sunny}
Intriguing
This song seems to come in handy!  6 or 7?.......I like it regardless.  {#Whistle}
Nice!
 apd wrote:
Fantastic cover art - full-on bright and shiny, with no irony. I even love the starburst, in the corner, and I hate those things.

 
i ditto.

Great for dancing.

Love them.
 huebdoo wrote:
Ok - I laughed when I read this ... I get it ... people this is funny right here
 
{#Naughty}
 drife wrote:
The Ewoks are back!
 

Ok - I laughed when I read this ... I get it ... people this is funny right here
They make wonderful music!  I love this song - it takes my imagination to faraway, exotic places and puts a grin on my face. {#Sunny}
Listening on earbuds - it tickles my inner ears!!!  I love this!!!

Amadou and Mariam - WOMAD 2009 by =imacker

Amadou & Mariam - WOMAD 2009


 The_Enemy wrote:

Blind people don't buy Tide?

Or if blind people go out in public dressed in ridiculous ways (say, wearing a duck costume), is it politically incorrect to mention it to them?

Not sure what your point is other than smack down Papernapkin.

 

If you remarked to them that they were wearing a duck costume, IMHO that is cool - to tell them that they are wearing something ridiculous would not be politically incorrect but boorish and arrogant - capice? 
btw - having seen quite a few of PaperNapkins comments, he is a walking request for smackdowns.

 k_trout wrote:
They probably did not catch that since they are both blind

 
Papernapkin wrote:
The cover looks like a box of Tide detergent.
 
 
Blind people don't buy Tide?

Or if blind people go out in public dressed in ridiculous ways (say, wearing a duck costume), is it politically incorrect to mention it to them?

Not sure what your point is other than smack down Papernapkin.

Fantastic cover art - full-on bright and shiny, with no irony. I even love the starburst, in the corner, and I hate those things.

Misterfixit wrote:
Now there is a Balafon you don't hear every day — 27 gourd version ....
Your knowledge of Eastern/African/South American instruments is impressive. Did you play in a Gamelan between military gigs?

 Papernapkin wrote:
The cover looks like a box of Tide detergent.
 
I was thinking Crest toothpaste.


That does it...gotta make a purchase! {#Sunny}
They probably did not catch that since they are both blind

 
Papernapkin wrote:
The cover looks like a box of Tide detergent.
 


Saturday morning - it works fine... 6->7 - that's all folks

This upbeat music is keeping me in the work groove this morning!
 Papernapkin wrote:
The cover looks like a box of Tide detergent.
 

Looney tunes came to my mind ..
and if Amadou & Mariam are looney
then i don't want to be sane

more !
Me likey!
on the stair master, this always kicks me in
{#Cowboy}
Now there is a Balafon you don't hear every day — 27 gourd version ....
Last album (produced by Damon Albarn is great too!)
My GF spent time in Senegal, Ethiopia, Mauritania and Tanzania, she brought back tons of African music including Amadou & Mariam. I love this album and the cover never fails to make me smile.

More African music on RP, please!

For those interested, check out the show "Bonjour Africa" on WNCU.org at 4 pm Eastern, US.
 rtrudeau wrote:
Recent coverage in Time Magazine of this wonderful duo.
 
Thank you so much for the link!  Every time I hear one of their songs on RP, I'm curious about them, but never followed through to research their story.  Outstanding music from an out of the ordinary couple!

Recent coverage in Time Magazine of this wonderful duo.
Way too short.  More m'bife s'il vous plait!
 bobcat1963 wrote:
lovely endless tune!
please, more african on RP! 
 
Yes, please!!!

The Ewoks are back!
That reminds me, I must get some new wind chimes this year!
lovely endless tune!
please, more african on RP! 
 Papernapkin wrote:
The cover looks like a box of Tide detergent.
 

{#Clap} - very funny - where the coloured are really coloured and the whites are really white

a tune that would be easy to dislike
this combination working fine -   7.

 Papernapkin wrote:
The cover looks like a box of Tide detergent.
 
What have they done to your mind?

OK, we're all victims. In spite of having migrated to the mountains of central Mexico decades ago, I still have commercial jingles from the sixties stuck in my neurons ("Soaky soaks you clean, in oceans full of fun, scrubblety bubblety, flippity flubbity, clean before you're done...").
really nice thanks bill
The cover looks like a box of Tide detergent.
Baseline RadioParadise score: 3 original + 2 involving manu chao + 1 great cover + 1 random + 1 kinda loses steam after the first part -2 Score: 6
CamLwalk wrote:
This is what Radio Paradise is all about for me. Finding something wonderful like this.
Second that, I love freeform radio
This is what Radio Paradise is all about for me. Finding something wonderful like this.
That's one kick ass album cover......yeah!
Apropos of nothing in particular, or maybe the general mood of this piece, RP needs some Cesarea Evora. Got any, Bill?
Idiotic comment. ekeyte wrote:
Noise.
Noise.
Very original!
OK Everyone! Double check to be sure that your sunglasses are polarized (catchy tune but man that album cover has some "rays" on it).
I can't decide if the album cover is supposed to be kitchy or not... looks like a laundry soap box... but it makes me smile.
prickelpit96 wrote:
Each time I see this cover arts I have to smile as wide as possible. (Without ears I think I'd grin round my head....)
How do you get that happy? I want some.
kalkin84 wrote:
boo this too
boo this too
prickelpit96 wrote:
Each time I see this cover arts I have to smile as wide as possible.
That's great. I tried it myself. Everybody should do it.
Each time I see this cover arts I have to smile as wide as possible. (Without ears I think I'd grin round my head....)
It's pretty good, it must be the extra Manu Chao
I mean, really, how can anyone not like this little song? Short, jazzy, full of life, Mali in a bottle perhaps. Eclectic radio at its best.
Beautiful
crowhog2000 wrote:
Was the song too long for you?
No, heard it way too often in the past weeks, and I sisn't like it too much in the first place.
Sounds like Mali had a relatively successful democratic election, although the final results are not tallied. Not bad for a large nation with over 15 significant languages and a major nomadic subpopulation that is one of the poorest in the world.
ocsike wrote:
Had enough of this! 1.
Was the song too long for you?
andrewmi wrote:
that is an awesome album cover.
more than awesome
This one's just a short interlude, but this whole album is great. Would recommend to anyone whose interest might be piqued by this song.
absolutely not...
TexasAggies wrote:
Thought I was getting a crapload of IM's all of the sudden!
That's hilarious!
nice
RP makes me very happy. Great stuff.
Thought I was getting a crapload of IM's all of the sudden!
... or the summers in Elk Lake? NorthernLad wrote:
too short, like the winters in bamako...
too short, like the winters in bamako...
Fun little groove.
I tried to get it ... and ... nope.
Cool little groove...me and my 2 1/2 year old bop around the kitchen to this regularly. Sweet.
An RP comment on one of their other songs said that the cover looked like they were selling orange juice! How hilarious!
Had enough of this! 1.
I love how short this song is; they must REALLY wind it up live.
Happy little song; keep 'em coming!
Can' find a -10!
fatcatjb wrote:
this entire CD is amazing
Totally agree. I've played it so many times it is as thin as a sheet of paper. Too bad they perform so far from home. Thanks RP for having tunes from all over the world.
Yamson wrote:
I still contend that the album cover looks like a box of Tide.
Is that how they get their whites so shiny? Hey, too short!
I still contend that the album cover looks like a box of Tide.
this entire CD is amazing
that is an awesome album cover.
djblitz wrote:
Is it just me, or did that last all but 62 seconds?
I think it lasted more like 63 or 68 seconds, jeez I didn't keep up dude.....go BoSox....
By the way that sleeve looks, they ought do do a cover of Timbuk 3's "Future's so Bright I Gotta Wear Shades". EDIT: pimpbot5000 wrote:
That's because they are blind, dude.
Just noticed...