PRESS QUOTES

Bamako to Birmingham

“spectacular Malian-Gospel crossover of The Blind Boys of Alabama and Amadou & Mariam” Folk Radio

“The most uplifting set was a joint performance between the American gospel legends the Blind Boys of Alabama and the sightless Malian duo Amadou and Mariam, an inspired pairing linked by their joint flair for sinewy, radiant, spiritual blues” The Times 

“This was a rousing and intriguing pairing ” The Guardian

African/American crossover which was big-hearted and uplifting” Cambridge Independent

soulful energy” The Guardian

“This is a good idea, whoever dreamt it up…On the surface The Blind Boys Of Alabama and Amadou & Mariam might seem worlds apart but whether you’re from Mali or Mobile, Birmingham or Bamako, or even Dublin town, everyone knows that all the best music springs from the same source. The Soul.” Hot Press

“Un auténtico festín musical de gospel y soul” El País

Blind Boys of Alabama

“They proclaim their reverence in close harmonies and gutsy improvisations that leap heavenward.” – The New York Times

“Seeing the Blind Boys of Alabama in concert is part living history, part concert, all uplifting experience…the best moments come when the group join forces for stirring harmonies.” – The Washington Post

“…an experience that is both musically and spiritually inspiring.” – Country Weekly

Amadou & Mariam

“Amadou & Mariam have broken incredible musical ground both in West Africa and abroad.” NPR Word Cafe

“The music, all bouncy, perky synth-pop, makes dancing the clear priority.” The New York Times

“Amadou and Mariam infuse blues riffs and melodic pop hooks into traditional Malian music, creating rich sonic tapestries that are intensely joyful while retaining the muted cool of indie rock.” The Washington Post