amadou et miriam

Following my man Esau Mwamwaya in the line of authentic, glorious, genre-transcending afro-pop to be released in 2008 is this new Damon Albarn-produced single from Mali's legendary Amadou & Mariam. The hypnotic "Sabali" showcases Mariam Doumbia's soulful and slightly weary vocals, which somehow manage to be both uplifting and devastating at once. Also, this is without a doubt the best thing Albarn's touched in a minute (via):

amadou et mariam :: sabali (produced by damon albarn)

Amadou & Mariam's Welcome to Mali LP is out November 17 on France's Because Music.