Amadou & Mariam

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Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


A sound that is joyful, creative and brimming with optimism.

For the past forty-odd years, Amadou & Mariam have managed to joyfully combine their love story with a musical career while becoming, discreetly but surely, the most famous ambassadors for Malian music, and African music, all around the world. By enriching their Afro-pop with new pigments, by introducing to the world the richness and subtleties of African music, the duo has brought African music to the charts and to the dance floor. Their unshakeable talent and energy is present in every facet of their music.

Their sound is joyful, creative and brimming with optimism, whilst still addressing challenges of inequality and uncertainty. Their return performance in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall will be a transformative, lively and innovative experience for those lucky enough to attend.

Praise for Amadou & Mariam

‘Their music [is] incredibly expressive – they wholeheartedly play with the edge of the sounds and the genres they explore.’ KEXP

‘They have become an African power couple, two of the continent’s most prominent cultural exports.’ Pitchfork

Pre-Show Entertainment

Melbourne Recital Centre presents Sound Junction, a free outdoor series featuring DJ sets from some of Melbourne’s best-loved selectors. From 6pm-9pm, College of Knowledge play their uplifting modern soul cuts and wild jazz-funk explorations on the Centre’s Forecourt.

COVID Safety

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Amadou Bagayoko guitar, vocals
Mariam Doumbia vocals
Yao Dembele bass
Yvo Abadi drums
Charles Frederik Avot keys
Ajak Kwai Support Artist

Set Times

7.30pm – 8pm: Ajak Kwai (support artist)
8pm – 8.30pm: Interval
8.30pm – 10.15pm: Amadou & Mariam



This production is part of the following series: