Amadou Bagayoko and his wife Mariam Doumba are popular musicians from Mali. In fact they are loved across the African continent and Europe. They are simply known as Amadou and Mariam. [File Photo: radioparadise.com]
Hello and welcome to this edition of Africa Express here on China Radio International. I'm your host, Wei Tong.
Amadou Bagayoko and his wife Mariam Doumba are popular musicians from Mali. In fact they are loved across the African continent and Europe. They are simply known as Amadou and Mariam. But, Amadou is very concerned about music pirating which, he says, makes life difficult for musicians. Amadou, who speaks French, tells his story through an interpreter.
Amadou Mariam and music, a double love story because that's how we found each other, though music. I was already a musician. And so was Mariam. She was a singer. So it was music that brought us together.
Music is a passion. It's our life, and it's a love story too. Our music is Mali Bambara music. It's inspired by Ngoni-Lut music and our influences are blues and rock. So it's these three elements that we have mixed together and which have made us successful.
It's hard to get good recording facilities in Africa and that makes it difficult for us as songwriters, especially to get established in the music market place, that and ,above all, the problem of getting good distribution. Our last album has been pirated. Pirate copies have already been seen in Mali. Apart, of course, from the Internet, people download music. They listen to our music but without buying the CD. So that really puts a break on production and on creativity.
Piracy can damage our chance of succeeding. But it's not just that. It affects everybody. It's a deplorable phenomenon. It kills creativity. It kills culture. It kills the creators. We tell young people who are copying and downloading music illegally that they are killing the music. If you really like an artist and you want him to go on making the music you enjoy, well then, why don't you pay for his CD so that he can make a living. We can't survive just on what we are paid for giving concerts. There have to be rights too. It's copyright that allows the artist to earn his living and to keep on working. I think that the artists, the authorities, everybody who is involved, they should all get together to try to find a solution which can put a stop to this piracy which is eating us away.
What I myself and Mariam would most wish for apart, of course, from plenty of success is that Malian music should become known as universal music that everybody everywhere can appreciate, can listen to and can dance to.
That was Amadou Bagayoko and his wife Mariam Doumba, singers from Mali show their serious concern about music pirating.
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