Amadou & Mariam – ‘Coulibaly’

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Amadou & Mariam, from Mali, became international stars in 2006 with the global success of their groundbreaking ‘Dimanche à Bamako’ album which has sold close to 700,000 copies around the world – a phenomenal achievement for an African recording. In France alone, Amadou & Mariam’s European home, the album has gone platinum with over 300,000 sales. Indeed, ‘Dimanche à Bamako’ reached number two in the French national pop chart, the highest chart-placing ever achieved by an African album anywhere in Europe. Amadou & Mariam’s significance has also been recognised in a welter of awards such as ‘The Album of the Year’ and ‘Best African’ accolades in the UK’s prestigious BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music 2006.

‘Coulibaly’ is one of the signature tracks of the album which was produced by the celebrated French / Latin artist Manu Chao. The new remixes, especially those featuring Kano and Akon, are bound to introduce even more people to the African superstars Amadou & Mariam.

East London’s grime/ hip-hop star Kano is signed to 679 Recordings. His critically acclaimed debut album ‘Home Sweet Home’, which features production and vocals from Mike Skinner aka The Streets, was the highest new entry in the UK album charts in the week of its release. Kano is highly sought after as a guest artist but agreed to feature on this remix which was produced by Mikey J (Rawheed Ent).

R’n’B superstar Akon was born in Dakar, Senegal – his father being famous jazz percussionist Mor Thiam – and is now based in New Jersey, USA. His platinum selling debut album was 2004’s ‘Trouble’, which is to be followed up at the end of November with his second offering ‘Konvicted’.

Ashley Beedle is one of the UK’s most prolific producers/ remixers, a reputation established through a whole range of projects over the past decade, most recently including the hit group X-Press 2. He is also an acclaimed DJ whose range includes house music as well as reggae, funk, rock, soul, disco and jazz. Beedle contributes with his ‘Afrikanz On Marz’ remix.

French artist Fred Chichin is one half of the eccentric French pop/ rock band Les Rita Mitsouko. His remix of ‘Coulibaly’ was previewed last year on the Warchild charity’s download website ( ), where it was picked up by BBC Radio 1 and MTV presenter Zane Lowe who claimed it was “the sleeper hit of the summer”.

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