Amadou & Mariam Confirm First US Tour Since 2009
Amadou & Mariam have confirmed their first North America tour since 2009. In addition to previously confirmed stops at Lollapalooza, Central Park SummerStage, Outside Lands and Osheaga, the Malian couple will headline a number of theaters and clubs.
The couple are touring behind their new studio album Folila, which features contributions by Santigold, TV on the Radio, Nick Zinner, Theophilus London (who will open for Amadou & Mariam at SummerStage), Bassekou Kouyate, and others. Folila was produced by Marc-Antoine Moreau, who has worked with the duo since their 1999 debut, Sou Ni Tilé. They recorded the songs in New York and then re-recorded them, with more traditional instrumentation, in Bamako. The version of each song on the final album is a composite of tracks from both sessions, meticulously mixed together.
The band’s backing band touring lineup will include: Yves Abadi (drums), Yao Dembele (electric bass), Boubacar Dembele (percussion), Charles Frederic Avot (keyboards) Mo DJ (DJ), Aminata Doumbia (backing vocals) and Woridio Tounkara (backing vocals).
CONFIRMED NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
July 31 Washington, DC—9:30 Club
August 1 Boston, MA—Paradise Rock Club
August 3—Montreal, QUE—Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
August 4 New York, NY—Central Park SummerStage
August 5 Chicago, IL—Lollapalooza
August 6 Madison, WI—Capitol Theater
August 7 Minneapolis, MN—Cedar Cultural Center
August 10 San Francisco, CA—Outside Lands Festival
August 14 Salt Lake City, UT—Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
(with Andrew Bird)
August 16 Santa Monica, CA—Santa Monica Pier