Amadou & Mariam debut Africaine 808 remix
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Funky Malian duo Amadou & Mariam debuted the Africaine 808 remix of their critically acclaimed track "Bofou Safou" today, which comes ahead of their EP release slated for June 9 via Because Music. The EP, also titled Bofou Safou, is filled with fun and funky remixes, and draws its name from a term in Bambara (national language of Mali) that refers to youngsters who just want to dance rather than work. The remixes on Amadou & Mariam's EP will take their tracks to new lengths, pushing the electronica to the max and creating new takes on their already highly danceable vibes. Later in 2017, a feature length album called La Confusion is scheduled to drop on Because Music, and in preparation Amadou & Mariam will be hitting the road for a headlining tour in North America, see dates below. 

Growing up in Mali, Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia have known each other since they were children. The pair connected at Mali's Institute for the Young Blind, both sharing a loss of vision in childhood. In addition to meeting, Amadou & Mariam also owe the Institute for the Young Blind's Eclipse Orchestra for getting them started in music, as they performed with the orchestra during their time at the institute. By the early 1980s, Amadou & Mariam were married and recording together, growing international acclaim and a steady following over the next several decades. Their eight albums have received worldwide recognition, such as 2008's Welcome To Mali receiving a nomination for "Best Contemporary World Music Album" at the GRAMMY Awards. Over the years, Amadou & Mariam have perfected their live act opening for such greats as U2, Coldplay, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, and Blur.

Africaine 808, who remixed the Amadou & Mariam track, are a Berlin-based electronic duo consisting of Dirk Leyers and DJ Nomad (aka Hans Reuschl). The group focuses on exploring global rhythms. Their efforts to bring influences from across the world together into a collective music made them the perfect choice to remix Amadou and Mariam. The European club scene is currently loving this type of global dance music, and with time this type of melting pot sound should make inroads in the US as well.

Bofou Safou EP Tracklist:
1. Bofou Safou
2. Filaou Bessame
3. Bofou Safou (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
4. Bofou Safou (Africaine 808 Remix)
5. Bofou Safou (Lully Remix)
6. Bofou Safou (Fatima Yamaha Remix)
7. Bofou Safou (Vasco Remix)

Amadou & Mariam Tour Dates:
July 13 — Montreal, QC — Festival Internacional Nuits d’Afrique
July 14 — Quebec, QC — Festival D’été de Quebec
July 15 — Northampton, MA — Green River Festival
July 16 — Schenectady, NY — Music Haven Concert Series 
July 20 — Washington, DC — 9:30 Club
July 21 —  Celebrate Brooklyn — Brooklyn NY
July 22 — Philadelphia, PA — World Café Live
July 24 — Chicago, IL— Millennium Park
July 27 — Minneapolis, MN — Cedar Cultural Center
July 29 — Boulder, CO — Boulder Theater
August 2 — Tucson, AZ — Rialto Theater
August 4 — Los Angeles, CA — The El Rey Theatre (Click here for tickets)
August 5 — Santa Cruz, CA — Catalyst
Aug 6 — San Francisco, CA — Sigmund Stern Grove 
August 9 & 10 — Seattle, WA — Triple Door