Amadou & Mariam & Blind Boys of Alabama
They share common origins, which their cultural differences reinforce and complement. The former form a legendary duo and have become one of the emblems of Bamako, contributing to Mali’s international influence. The latter make up an illustrious American gospel group (5 Grammy Awards® & 30 albums to their credit), formed in the 1940s which has collaborated with an impressive number of artists of various stylistic allegiances (Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Ben Harper, Prince, Lou Reed and Peter Gabriel...).
"Victoire de la musique" in 2005 for the album Dimanche à Bamako (produced by Manu Chao), then in 2013 for the album Folila, Amadou and Mariam joined forces with the "Blind Boys of Alabama" to offer stunning vocal harmonies and hard-hitting funky-afro-blues, mixing traditional Malian music, rock guitars, Syrian violin, harmonica, and vocal harmonies. French, English, Bambara (mostly spoken in Mali): the languages link together with finesse "From Bamako to Birmingham", when the music wonderfully combines contemporary African sounds and Afro-American musical roots, creating a very successful fusion between the Afro-pop of Amadou & Mariam and the gospel veterans of the "Blind Boys of Alabama", in a subtle cultural mix.
As every year, according to the tradition initiated in 1965 by "Jazz à Juan", this Gospel concert will be preceded, during the first half-hour, by an ecumenical celebration.
Evening courtesy of the town of Antibes, by invitation only