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This product is a Pre Order and is scheduled to be released 6th September 2024

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Amadou & Mariam - La Vie Est Belle – Best Of


This product is available on pre order with a limited discounted price.

Choice picks, deep cuts and never-before-heards from Mali's super-couple sweethearts!

'La Vie Est Belle' is the first time Amadou and Mariam have released a 'Best-Of' album, but it goes deeper than that, on this collection are 3 new singles and tracks that have never been heard before. 

Mali musical couple Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia met in Bamako's Institute for the Young Blind in 1975, a time when the sightless were relegated to society's margins. Bagayoko was a prodigal guitarist who would soon play with the renowned Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako, while Doumbia had been performing with other blind students in the band Eclipse. Together, they released their electrified traditional West African sounds on a series of cassettes recorded in Mali and the Ivory Coast during the 80s and 90s, before moving to Paris in 1996.

Their 1999 album, 'Sou ni File', contained the stirring French radio hit "Je pense a toi," while global acclaim arrived in 2004 with the release of Dimanche a Bamako, a beautifully cohesive Euro-African fantasia produced by Manu Chao. In addition to releasing several more albums, including 2017's La Confusion, Amadou & Mariam joined Damon Albarn's 'Africa Express' project at Glastonbury in 2007. Starting in 2011, they performed a series of concerts in complete darkness, as a sensory experiment and sonic glimpse into their musical world. 

Edition Info

• 2LP: Black Vinyl, 5mm spine sleeve, 2x Black Dust inner-sleeve , 4 page, 30cmx30cm,
• 2CD: 6 page digisleeve 3 wallet, 16 page booklet.


2. Mogolu (New Song)
3. Beaux Dimanches
4. Ce N’est Pas Bon
5. Masiteladi (feat. M)

1. La Vie est Belle (new song)
2. La Réalité
3. Bofou Safou
4. Sénégal Fast Food 
5. MBife

1. Dougou Badia (feat. Santigold)
2. Je Pense À Toi - Eclipse Version (1st time on physical)
3. Africa (feat. K’NAAN)
4. Wily Kataso (feat. TV On The Radio)

1. C’est Chaud
2. Coulibaly (Akon remix)
3. Beaux Dimanches - Ever Mihigo Rework
4. Sete (1st time on physical)

Scheduled: 6th September 2024

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