Amadou and Mariam headline DaDaFest 2016

Amadou and Mariam to Headline DaDaFest International 2016, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool City Centre, 3 December

Liverpool’s world leading Disability and Deaf arts festival bring internationally renowned afro-blues duo to the Philharmonic Hall.

DaDaFest is pleased to reveal that Amadou and Mariam, the Grammy Award nominated musical duo from Mali will be headlining DaDaFest International 2016.

This year’s festival, DaDaFest’s thirteenth since its inception in 2001, will take place from 18 November to 3 December 2016. The festival will present high quality and exciting work produced by artists close to its home in Liverpool as well as internationally that will challenge ideals and celebrate disability culture. An exciting programme of music, dance, live arts, comedy and much more is in the pipeline – with more details to be released soon.

Amadou and Mariam produce music that infuses traditional Malian sound with rock guitars and instruments from Cuba, Egypt, Syria and India in a combination that has been dubbed “Afro-blues”. The duo originally met in the “Mali Institute for the Young Blind” performing in the Institute’s Eclipse Orchestra. It was here that they discovered a shared interest in music. The couple made a name for themselves in the mid-80s playing Malian blues music, they attracted the attention of Stevie Wonder and went on to perform at festivals around the world.

Seven studio albums later and the duo have continued to expand their horizons – touring with Coldplay and U2 and jamming with musical heroes David Gilmour and Johnny Marr in recent years. As worldwide attention for the husband and wife duo has grown, so indeed has the scope and ambition of their music – their latest album, Folila, features African artists from the duo’s hometown of Bamako as well as contributions from American artists such as TV on the Radio, Santigold and Nick Zinner.

Amadou and Mariam

Saturday 3 December 2016 (7:30pm)

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Tickets: £28.50* – £19.50 (*boxes)

Support Act TBC

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