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Amadou & Mariam North American Tour

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Malian gem-strummers Amadou and Mariam will be embarking on their first North American tour since 2009. The duo will be accompanied by a seven-piece backing band as they make stop in US/Canada main cities and festivals. Watch our behind-the-scenes video and interview with Amadou & Mariam plus Tv on the Radio at the set of their video for "Wily Kataso". See tour dates below.

Amadou & Mariam North American Tour

07-31 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

08-01 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club

08-03 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

08-04 New York, NY - Central Park SummerStage

08-05 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza

08-06 Madison, WI - Capitol Theater Overture Center for the Arts

08-07 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center

08-10 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival

08-14 Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre *

08-16 Santa Monica, CA - Santa Monica Pier

* with Andrew Bird

(H/T P4K)

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Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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