This is the local debut of the acclaimed Malian husband-and-wife duo Amadou & Mariam (here backed by a band), who have become renowned for their remarkable synthesis of Malian music — especially its distinctive version of the blues — and a wide array of vintage and contemporary Western pop. The couple met at a Bamako school for the blind some 30 years ago and were already well known in West Africa and France when their 2005 U.S. release, Dimanche á Bamako, led to opening for the likes of Coldplay and collaborating with Gorillaz. The pair's thoroughly adventurous and engaging new album, Folila, sports contributions from members of TV on the Radio and Antibalas, plus Malian giants Toumani Diabaté and Bassekou Kouyaté. "Dougou Badia" features an electric-guitar joust between Amadou and the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner plus a dual-language swap of lyrics between Mariam and Santigold that has Ronettes overtones. Incisive, cutting-edge music can indeed spring from root sources with astounding freshness and spontaneity. With DJ Paper Sleeves.
Tue., Aug. 7, 7 p.m., 2012