11/11/2020: “Bofou Safou” by Amadou & Mariam

Amadou & Mariam are a couple from Mali, both blind, both excellent musicians.

A lot of their music is lighter than this track, which leans into its danceable bass and kick with vigour.

It’s the vocals which provide the most interest, although the instrumental is littered with brilliant flourishes, such as the electric piano part. The percussion is varied and vibrant too! It’s a busy track, but not overcrowded.

Loosely speaking, the song is about the virtues of not being lazy.

Malian music reflects the diversity of the country. This more modern song retains that energy, to a degree, but is easy to listen too.

“Bofou Safou” was released in 2017, as a single from La Confusion.

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