Latitude 2012: Husband-and-wife duo Amadou & Mariam thrill crowd

ONE of the top-selling acts to have emerged from Africa this century enjoyed a richly-deserved slot on Latitude’s main stage.

Husband-and-wife duo Amadou & Mariam have been making music together for the last three decades and are in Suffolk to promote their eight album, Foliila.

But the Mali couple, who are both blind, have not got the mainstream success their innovative and warm music warrants.

But they were well received as Latitude built up a head of steam this afternoon.

It was the perfect act for a crowd keen to get into their groove.


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Their reputation thus far has been built on their silky, contrasting vocals and unusual sounds, including rock guitars, Syrian violins and Cuban trumpets.

Although it was a more stripped down version that appeared at the Obelisk arena.

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The act have been recording since the 1980s but their careers only took off after collaborating with world music star Manu Chao, in 2003.

Don’t forget to send us your pictures of your experience of Lattitude 2012 - from the bands, to the mud - to www.iwitness24.co.uk

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