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Birth Place: Bamako, Mali
Years Active: 1974 - Present
Genres: Malian Music, Worldbeat

Amadou & Mariam are an African musical duo from Mali, composed of the couple Amadou Bagayoko (born October 24, 1954) and Mariam Doumbia (born April 15, 1958). The pair, known as "the blind couple from Mali" met at Mali's Institute for the Young Blind, where they both performed in the institute’s Eclipse Orchestra, directed by Idrissa Soumaouro, and found they shared an interest in music. Amadou (guitar and vocals) lost his vision at the age of 16 while Mariam (vocals) became blind at age 5 as a consequence of untreated measles. In 1980 the couple married and by 1983 they began to play together while Amadou continued a successful solo career and ran the blind institute's music program. The ... Continue Bio >>

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