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  • Summary: The album mixes recording sessions from New York and Mali featuring such guests as Tunde Adebimpe, Bertrand Cantat, Ebony Bones, Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, Santigold, Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters, Theophilus London, and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
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Dougou Badia
Djamayo ounalyendé aounana dougou badia dela Djamayo ounalyendé aounana mogo gnana djé dela Hasidiya djougou mendé obena ni mogo magossa dé... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. 100
    Mixing up elements of rock, pop, blues, jazz, soul and funk, each song finds its way into a supple groove and just bounces around there as though Amadou's guitar strings and Mariam's vocal chords were made of musical elastic.
  2. May 9, 2012
    Ultimately, Folila fits right into that legacy, while managing to expand it just a little further.
  3. Apr 4, 2012
    For those who have never heard Amadou & Mariam's music, Folila may be a perfect place to start exploring.
  4. A highlight comes in 'Sans Toi', an unassuming love song which proves that, stripped of special guests, it's their songwriting that brought Amadou and Mariam this far.
  5. Apr 4, 2012
    With their eclectic cocktail of rock, pop, blues, jazz, soul, funk and traditional African music, these grandparents can still knock out an irresistible groove to match the best, but perhaps they need to be reminded that they should do it alone a little more often.
  6. Mojo
    Apr 25, 2012
    There is much here to enjoy. [May 2012, p.93]
  7. Q Magazine
    Apr 13, 2012
    In accommodating all those guests Mariam too often has to take a back seat, so destroying much of the couple's special chemistry, the very thing that sets them apart. [May 2012, p.90]

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  1. Apr 25, 2012
    Wonderful! This album is one of the best so far this year. personally, when there are lyrics in languages you dont understand, it adds aWonderful! This album is one of the best so far this year. personally, when there are lyrics in languages you dont understand, it adds a satisfying sense of escape from the world around you. this album is meant to be an escape where the sound is everything. great example of breaking musical borders and creating new mixtures of feelings. definitally listen to this! Expand