Welcome to Mali

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Welcome To Mali
Studio album by Amadou & Mariam
Released November 17, 2008 (Europe)
March 24, 2009 (US)
Genre Pop music
African blues
Label Because Music (Europe)
Nonesuch Records (US)
Producer Marc Antoine Moreau
Laurent Jais
Damon Albarn
Amadou & Mariam chronology
Dimanche à Bamako
Welcome to Mali

Welcome to Mali is the fifth studio album by Mali musicians Amadou & Mariam. It was released on Because Music on November 17, 2008 in Europe and was released on Nonesuch Records on March 24, 2009 in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sabali"   Albarn, Doumbia, Moreau 3:15
2. "Ce N'est Pas Bon"   Bagayoko, Moreau 3:49
3. "Magosa[1]"   Doumbia 3:43
4. "Djama"   Bagayoko, Dembele 3:15
5. "Djuru"   Doumbia 3:35
6. "Je Te Kiffe (feat. Juan Rozoff)"   Bagayoko, Rosoff 4:18
7. "Masiteladi (feat. -M-)"   Bagayoko 3:56
8. "Africa (feat. K'Naan)"   Bagayoko, Keinan 3:48
9. "Compagnon de la Vie"   Bagayoko 3:46
10. "Unissons-nous (feat. Keziah Jones)"   Doumbia 4:16
11. "Bozos"   Bagayoko 3:46
12. "I Follow You (Nia Na Fin)"   Bagayoko 4:02
13. "Welcome to Mali"   Bagayoko 3:20
14. "Batoma"   Doumbia 4:13
15. "Sekebe"   Bagayoko, Doumbia 4:31
16. "Boula (hidden track)"      


"Sabali," released on 27 October 2008, was the first single from the album. The second single was "Masiteladi."


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
The Guardian 4/5 stars link
Mojo 4/5 stars
musicOMH 4/5 stars link
Observer Music Monthly 5/5 stars link
Paste (5.5/10) link
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10) link
Popmatters (7/10) link
Uncut 5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau A [1]

Welcome to Mali has received mostly positive reviews. On the review aggregate site Metacritic, the album has a score of 86 out of 100, indicating "Universal acclaim."[2]

Keith Phillips of The A.V. Club gave the album a grade of A-, writing "Welcome To Mali sounds heavily produced but not overproduced, and even with the pings and whizzing, Amadou’s playing and the pair’s singing insure it never sounds less than organic."[3] In another positive review, Pitchfork Media's Joe Tangari wrote: "This album is an affirmation of global connectivity and an emerging global culture that transcends and repurposes tradition as it sees fit-- the sound of Mali merging with the world at large."[4]

Paste's Nick Marino, on the other hand, called the album "frustratingly uneven," writing: "[D]espite moments of exuberance, it can also feel like a mundane grind [...]"[5]

In August 2009, the webzine Pitchfork Media named Sabali the 249th track in their staff list "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s"[6] and earned a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album nomination in 2010.


  1. ^ Spelled "Magossa" on the CD back cover, but "Magosa" on http://amadou-mariam.com/, "Magosa" is the title with which this song was registered with the SACEM, "Magossa" being the subtitle
  2. ^ Critic Reviews for Welcome to Mali. Metacritic. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  3. ^ Phillips, Keith. Amadou & Mariam: Welcome to Mali. The A.V. Club. 24 March 2009. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  4. ^ Tangari, Joe. Amadou & Mariam: Welcome to Mali. Pitchfork Media. 18 November 2008. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  5. ^ Marino, Nick. Amadou & Mariam: Welcome to Mali. Paste. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  6. ^ Pitchfork Staff (17 August 2009). "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s". Retrieved 17 August 2009.