Amadou and Mariam infuse blues riffs and melodic pop hooks into traditional Malian music, creating rich sonic tapestries that are intensely joyful while retaining the muted cool of indie rock. The duo (a long-married couple who are both blind) are trailblazers charting a new course for African music, much like Fela Kuti did with Afrobeat in the ’70s.
Their latest album, “Folila,” features a number of guest performers that illustrates their wide appeal. The eclectic singer-songwriter Santigold is featured on the opening track, “Dougou Badia,” which matches highly syncopated vocal phrasing with a piercing guitar riff. TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone appear on the funky chill “Wily Kataso,” while Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears brings a glam pop explosion to “Metemya.” Even with such a diverse array of collaborators, the album remains the singular and persistent vision of Amadou & Mariam.
The intimate atmosphere of 9:30 Club should be ideal for the duo’s understated delivery and subtle swaying.
Show: With Redline Graffiti on Thursday at 9:30 Club. Doors open at 7 p.m. 202-265-0930. 930.com. $40.