Amadou & Mariam

Today’s track come from one of the best African acts out there from any African country, let alone Mali. They are Amadou & Mariam, a blind husband and wife team from Bamako, Mali. Known as “the blind couple from Mali”, they met at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, and thirty years later here they are.

The track is called Sabali and it is taken from Welcome to Mali. They were ‘discovered’ for a non-African audience by Manu Chao, who produced their album Dimance a Bamako in 2004.

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They have played with quite a few eclectic acts over they years, including (taken from Wikipedia):

Bamako, Mali: a place where I suspect every other person is a world class musician.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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