La Confusion


Critical Acclaim for  “Bofou Safou”…

“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

‘La Confusion’, the highly anticipated ninth full-length album from Malian musical duo and Grammy-award nominees Amadou & Mariam, is due on 22 September on Because Music. In celebration of the release the band has shared the lyric video for the track “Filaou Bessame”.


Alongside ‘Filaou Bessame’, the album also includes the single ‘Bofou Safou’, which Stereogum calls “the funk, the whole funk, and nothing but the funk”. Amadou & Mariam recently released the Bofou Safou EP via Because Music. The EP includes the first two La Confusion singles, “Bofou Safou” and “Filaou Bessame,” alongside remixes of the EP’s title track by Fatima YamahaAfricaine 808Henrik Schwarz and more. The term “bofou safou” is a Bambara (the Malian national language) nickname given to nonchalant young men who would rather dance than work. Of the new EP, the group notes, “We really like the remixes that were made for the EP. You get to hear our music in a different form, which is great. All five remixes manage to catch the essence of our song while really pushing those enticing afro pop and electronic vibes further.”

Full album tracklist:

1.Bofou Safou

2.C´est Chaud

3.Filaou Bessame

4.Ta Promesse

5.La Confusion

6.Femmes du Monde

7.Fari Mandila


9. Mokou Mokou

10. Yiki Yassa

11. Massa Allah

12. Mokou Mokou Blues

Amadou & Mariam met in 1975 while attending the Institute for Young Blind in Bamako (where they continue to play an annual benefit concert). Influenced by the records of Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd as well as traditional African music, the couple began working as a duo in 1983. Their transition from world music stages to rock festival headliners came with 2005’s Manu Chao-produced ‘Dimanche à Bamako,’ one of the best-selling African albums of all time.

In recent years, Amadou and Mariam have toured with Coldplay and U2 and jammed with musical heroes David Gilmour and Johnny Marr. They’ve performed at a Nobel Peace Prize concert in honour of Barack Obama and played at the opening ceremonies of the last two FIFA world cups. Manu Chao and Damon Albarn have lent their production skills to their records and they have worked with some of the most innovative names in contemporary rock music via Albarn’s ‘Africa Express’ and other cross-cultural projects, such as ‘L’Afrik C’est Chic’.