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Away from the Light of Day

by Amadou and Mariam, Idrissa Ke´ta, Ann Wright - £7.99  Route Publishing (2010)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781901927450 | ISBN 10: 1901927458

The magic couple Amadou and Mariam are one of the most loved and successful acts to come out of Africa this century, but their story is not one of overnight success. They have been singing their warm notes for more than thirty years.
 
This autobiography traces Amadouĺs early years in Mali, first accepting his blindness, then adapting, to finding a source of joy in music and playing alongside some of the countryĺs leading musicians. On meeting Mariam at an institute for the blind in Bamako, he discovers they share a passion for music and for life, they fall in love and begin their career as a duo in search of an international stage.
 
Away from the Light of Day is an inspiring story which reveals the source of this golden duoĺs contagious music, threading its way between tradition, religion, hope and superstition.

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