Figure8 Agency is proud to announce the debut performance of the most successful African musical ambassadors of the 21st century, Amadou & Mariam in Singapore. Performing at the Capitol Theatre for the first time on Monday 12 November 2018, Amadou & Mariam is the second African act Figure8 Agency has brought to the Singaporean audience, after the highly acclaimed Saharan blues band Tinariwen last March.
For more than forty years, Amadou & Mariam have joyfully combined their love story with a musical partnership, becoming the world’s foremost ambassadors of Malian music, and African music generally. The Malian couple have collaborated with many different artists and producers who may seem far removed from their universe, including Damon Albarn of Blur and Manu Chao. They have invited musicians leading the way towards the pop music of tomorrow (Santigold, TV On The Radio, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) to play on their lively and uplifting songs; they have been remixed by Yuksek, Vitalic, Henrik Schwarz, Miike Snow and Ashley Beedle, taking their music to the club floor and underlining its infectious, danceable quality. They have played the world’s biggest festivals, from Coachella to Glastonbury, opened the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, played at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in honor of Barack Obama, and toured with marquee acts such as U2, Coldplay and Scissor Sisters.
Their latest and eighth international release ‘La Confusion’ arrives at a time when Mali is being rocked by a series of calamities, including a coup, insurgencies and the takeover of a large part of the North by ISIS. “We recorded this album in France,” says Amadou, “but we were inspired to write the songs by the changes in Mali and around the world.” His wife Mariam Doumbia adds: “We seek to make people happy with our music, help humanitarian causes and share positive messages about the good work being done by people in every corner of the world.” The mood announced by the album title is self-explanatory – the two singer-songwriters have penned their most topical material to date. ‘Femmes Du Monde’ argues for equality between the sexes in Mali; ‘C’est Chaud’ tells the stories of Africans forced to leave their homes and cross the sea without knowing how life will be if they make it to Europe; ‘Ta Promesse’ censures those who give up easily without fulfilling their commitments; while ‘Gnagamina’ is a song about our turbulent times and the terror with which so many live today.
With ‘La Confusion’, Amadou & Mariam proves once again that music has no language barrier (they sing in French and Bambara) and that even complex problems can be tackled in direct and joyful form, making it accessible to a larger number.
This concert is supported by l’Institut Français de Singapour.
“The music, all bouncy, perky synth-pop, makes dancing the clear priority” —The New York Times
“Bofou Safou’ shows them bending outside influences to suit their sound.”—Pitchfork
“You gotta check out this infectious dance tune.”—Stereogum
“The sharp, synth-driven number shows the pair moving into a more Afrobeat infused disco and funk direction.” —The Quietus
Cat 1 (Free standing): $85*^
Cat 2 (Free seating): $42`, $85*^
Limited to first 200 tickets.
Applicable for children between the ages of 8-12 years. Children below the age of 12 will NOT be allowed in the free standing area and must be accompanied by an adult to enter the venue.
All prices are EXCLUSIVE of the APACTix ticketing charge of $4