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Video: The Many Incarnations of Amadou & Mariam's 'Sabali'


Amadou & Mariam practice 'patience' as their song, "Sabali," produced and co-written by Damon Albarn (above), is sampled and remixed by countless other musicians (youtube it, we dare you). Artists including Miike Snow, Paul Epworth and the collabo of Nas and Damian Marley have all drawn inspiration from the Malian duo - which begs the question: is there a better song in all the world? Or if that assertion makes you uncomfortable then we ask: is there a better song in the world to listen to today? Mali's Independence Day? The answer is "no." Bye bye.

Watch a clip of the making of the song with Amadou, Mariam and Damon Albarn above. Take a listen to some versions of "Sabali" below:


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