|Biographical detail : ||Mali’s music superstars
The blind husband and wife team of Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia from Mali has set ears alight.
The team first gained widespread international attention in 2005 with their album “Dimanche a Bamako”. After writing and performing together since they met at Institute of Young Blind of Bamako in 1977, their international break-through was not far to come.
Musicians have feted the couple’s positive and mesmeric vocals with a more pop-friendly sound and Bagayoko’s guitar playing, the duo across the world.
The couple talk to African Voices about their journey – from the world of music to international sensations – through music, coping with the setback of blindness and how their careers are on a high over thirty years after they began singing.
Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia were both born in Mali’s capital Bamako in 1954 and 1958 respectively.