Amadou & Mariam Release New Single "Mogolu"

Article Contributed by JP Cutler Media | Published on Thursday, April 25, 2024

Icons of Malian music with an illustrious multi-platinum career spanning nearly 50 years, GRAMMY Award-nominated Amadou & Mariam announce the release of their latest single "Mogolu" composed by Manu Chao and featured on a new "Best-Of" career retrospective album, La Vie Est Belle, celebrating two decades of music released on Because Music. Due out in fall 2024, 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. A sneak peek into their forthcoming new album, their latest music video for "Mogolu" includes special guest French dancer Akamz (a TikTok phenomenon with 24+ million followers). To view the video, please visit YOUTUBE, and to stream "Mogolu," visit .

Amadou & Mariam are the ultimate ambassadors of Afro-pop who have collaborated with an array of today's biggest stars from U2, Coldplay, Stevie Wonder, to David Gilmour while selling more than 1 million albums across their catalog 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" is a guaranteed toe-tapper that will have people shaking wildly under the sun.

Shot in the bustling city of Dakar by gifted director Ojoz (Yamê, Damso, Disiz), the music video for "Mogolu" stars the famous French dancer Akamz (TikTok/Instagram). To view the video, please visit YOUTUBE (above photo from "Mogolu" video).

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."