Singer-guitarist Amadou Bagayoko and singer Mariam Doumbia met at the Institute for the Young Blind in Bamako in 1975. Five years later, the two musicians got married and began performing as a duo. A number of cassettes of original material released in the early 90s won the couple recognition beyond their native Mali, bringing them to public attention in Europe. Recorded in France, their debut album Sou ni tilé was released in 1998. Produced by Manu Chao, Un dimanche à Bamako was a smash hit with the public and won the 2005 Prix Victoire for Best World Music Album, followed by popular releases Welcome to Mali in 2008 and Folila in 2012. The following year, the couple was presented with the Antonio Carlos-Jobim Award during their appearance at the Festival.
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