Amadou & Mariam’s ‘La Vie Est Belle’ compilation to be released in September

Posted on 28 June 2024
By Khyle Medany
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“We’ve always dreamed of tearing down walls and opening people’s ears to new sounds so the whole world can discover and appreciate Malian music” Amadou & Mariam

Icons of Malian music with an illustrious multi-platinum career spanning nearly 50 years, GRAMMY Award-nominated Amadou & Mariam have today released new single ‘Mogolu (Moris Beat Remix)’. Their latest original work ‘Mogolu’ will be featured on ‘La Vie Est Belle’, a new album of their greatest hits since 1998. Amadou & Mariam’s music video for ‘Mogolu’ spotlights special guest French dancer Akamz (a TikTok phenomenon with 24+ million followers) whose electrifying dance moves are reworked in a new visualizer for ‘Mogolu (Moris Beat Remix)’. The duo’s hit song ‘Beaux Dimanches’ remixed by notorious French Hip-Hop producer Ever Mihigo (Aya Nakamura, Tiakola, Oboy) has also been recently released.

Due out on 6th September, ‘La Vie Est Belle’ highlights Amadou & Mariam’s legacy as Africa’s most famous duo and the incredible influence they’ve had on paving the way for exciting new African artists now hitting the mainstream. Amadou & Mariam are the ultimate ambassadors of Afro-pop who have collaborated with many of today’s biggest stars from U2, Coldplay, and Stevie Wonder to David Gilmour while selling more than 1 million albums across their catalogue of seven acclaimed studio albums. Whether on the world’s largest stages performing at the World Cup, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” (LINK), or on late-night TV in the U.S. and UK, Amadou & Mariam have made their way into the hearts of music fans across a variety of genres. From dance floor bangers by Sofi Tukker and BLOND:ISH featuring Amadou & Mariam, to collabs with Santigold, TV On The Radio, Akon, and Damon Albarn, Amadou & Mariam are shapeshifters at the forefront of today’s trendsetting Africa music scene.

A mixture of highly danceable Afro-beat rhythms and melodies paying tribute to tradition and modernity, Mariam’s heavenly vocals caries “Mogolu” into the acclaimed realm of their most irresistible hits such as “Je Pense À Toi,” “Sabali,” “Mon Chéri,” and “Bofou Safou.” Mogolu, which means “people” in Bambara, is a celebration of human encounters, travels, and diversity, echoing Amadou & Mariam’s longstanding commitment to global peace, as well as an empowering invitation to dance. “Mogolu (Moris Beat Remix)” is a guaranteed summer dancefloor hit!  Amadou & Mariam’s upcoming album La Vie Est Belle, brings together exclusive material and essential songs beautifully capturing the last 20 years of the duo’s career on Because Music. La Vie Est Belle features highlights from Dimanche à Bamako – the notable album that propelled Amadou & Mariam into pop stardom turns 20 this year.

Over the course of their beloved career, Amadou & Mariam have taken the Malian blues that made them a household name and have opened it up to rock, hip-hop and dance/EDM influences, spreading their Afropop message and joie de vivre. In the words of Amadou & Mariam, “We’ve always dreamed of tearing down walls and opening people’s ears to new sounds so the whole world can discover and appreciate Malian music.”

‘La Vie Est Belle’ will come out in digital form, as well as on double vinyl and in a deluxe double CD edition, with a bonus live performance from Eclipse featured on CD2.

‘La Vie Est Belle – Best Of’ Track Listing:

1. Sabali
2. Mogolu
3. Beaux Dimanches
4. Ce N’est Pas Bon
5. Masiteladi feat M
6. La Vie est Belle
7. La Réalité
8. Bofou Safou
9. Sénégal Fast Food
10. MBife
11. Dougou Badia feat Santigold
12. Je Pense À Toi (Eclipse Version)
13. Africa feat K’NAAN
14. Wily Kataso feat TV On The Radio
15. C’est Chaud
16. Coulibaly (Akon remix)
17. Beaux Dimanches (2024 rework)
18. Sete feat Blond:ish, Francis Mercier

25/06/24 – Botanicka Basta – Belgrade, Serbia
28/06/24 – Le Broc Festival – Le Broc, France
29/06/24 – Kampagn’Arts Festival – Saint Paterne, France
30/06/24 – L’Escale – Goussainville, France
04/07/24 – Clandestino Festival – Göteborg, Sweden
06/07/24 – Les Murmures du Temps – Arbresle, France
12/07/24 – Somerset House Summer Series – London, UK
17/07/24 – Festival sur le Champ – Valence, France
19/07/24 – Les Pluies de Juillet – Le Tanu, France
20/07/24 – Mammouth Festival – Saint Fargeau, France
21/07/24 – Le Pied Orange Festival – Le Val d’Ajol, France
26/07/24 – WOMAD – Charlton Park, UK
27/07/24 – Esperanzah – Floreffe, Belgium

US Tour with Andrew Bird:

08/08/24 – Rock the Ruins – Indianapolis, IN
09/08/24 – Meijer Garden – Grand Rapids, MI
10/08/24 – Royal Oak Music Theater – Detroit,MI
12/08/24 – l’Olympia – Montreal,QC, Canada
13/08/24 – Frog Alley Summerstage – Schenectady, NY
15/08/23 – Tree House Brewing – Deerfield, MA
16/08/24 – Pier 17 – New York, NY
17/08/24 – The Levitt Pavilion – Connecticut
18/08/24 – Venue TBA – Kennett Square, PA
20/08/24 – North Carolina Museum of Art – Raleigh, NC
21/08/24 – Filene Center (Wolf Trap) – Vienna, VA

05/09/24 – Melkweg – Amsterdam, Netherlands
08/09/24 – Delta Festival – Marseille, France
21/09/24 – Cankarjev Dom – Ljublijana, Slovenia
16/10/24 – Biehubeli – Bern, Switzerland
17/10/24 – Théâtre du Crochetan – Monthey, Switzerland
19/10/24 – Centre Culturel Athena – Auray, France
20/10/24 – Salle Eden – Saint-Jean-d’Angély, France
28/10/24 – House of Culture – Helsinki, Finland
02/11/24 – Espace Glenmor – Carhaix, France