Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Amadou and Mariam - Masiteladi (Because Music)

Amadou And Mariam Mix Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Tinariwen and you have the genius that is Amadou and Mariam. Counterpoising Zappa-esque guitar riffs with traditional drumming achieves the fluid crosspollination of musical styles typical of afrobeat on the new single 'Masiteladi'.

Not to be confused with the jazz-infused approach of artists like Seun Kuti, Amadou and Mariam bring their own particular flavour to the genre. Focusing on choral vocals to culturally ground the track, they are able to experiment and play around with the surrounding music.

Pace is controlled by a running beat of freedom that flows into the lyrical themes of movement. Comparable to an ostrich in full sprint, the tuned percussion creates fluidity within the piece but is offset by drums that have an almost military sense of urgency. Syncopation pushes the music onwards in constant desperation for the next bar and the chance to begin the chase all over again.

Remixes of the single highlight and focus on specific elements within the song and open it up like a flower to a range of fresh interpretations. The first remix uses a dance approach to take their work out of its comfort zone and forces the listener to reconsider the single in a brand new context. Altogether, what comes to fruition here is a shining gem of world music ready to be picked up, dusted off and nestled deep within your record collection.

Rating: 4/5

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Published: 23/07/2009 at 14:16
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