Single Review: Amadou & Mariam – ‘Dougou Bada (Feat. Santi Gold)

Amadou & Mariam

Album Name: ‘Dougou Bada (Feat. Santi Gold)
Artist: Amadou & Mariam
Year/Label: 2012 / Because Music

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Review by David Adair

A lost and lonesome acoustic trickle flows into a churning guitar grind paves the way for expressive, tribal vocals provided with equal measures of clarity, desperation and drama by Santi. They wrap around the instrumentals that builds in a thunderous percussion twist, ‘Dougou Badia’. A rich and well textured song is well conjured up, equalling the adventure and demonstrative tendencies of Nitin Sawhney, but outdoing him on the boldness of the rhythmic slant.

‘Dougou Badia Ft. Santi Gold (Kennie Takahashi Alternative Mix) ’, tones down the expressive vocals in order to give more emphasis to the rhythmically clattering, ambient percussive drive. Amadou & Mariam continues to show the rousing, dramatic potential of world music.

Rating: 3.5/5

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