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Amadou & Mariam — Masiteladi
Album: Welcome to Mali
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Total ratings: 1385









Released: 2009
Length: 3:51
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Tu peux aller, le chemin est libre.
Tu peux bouger, la vie est si belle.
Tu peux aller, le chemin est libre.

Tu as perdu ton boulot dans cette vie la,
Massi téladi.
Ta femme t'as quitté à cause de ça-la,
Massi téladi.
Tu as perdu ta famille dans cette vie la,
Massi téladi.
Eh! Tes amis t'on quitté à cause de ça la,
Massi téladi, massi téladi...
La vie est est une école.
Tu ne peux pas rester, tu ne peux pas rester,
Dans cette vie là, il faut te racheter.

Tu peux aller, le chemin est libre,
Tu peux bouger, la vie est si belle,
Tu peux aller, le chemin est libre,
Tu peux bouger, la vie est si belle.

I ka fourou douman tiyan na fêmi kosson.
Massi téladi.
I ka kanou douman tiyana na fêmi kosson.
Massi téladi.
I ka baden ya douman tiyana fêmi kosson.
Massi téladi.
I ka sindjiya douma tiyana fêmi kosson.
Massi téladi, massi téladi...
La vie est est une école.
Tu ne peux pas rester, tu ne peux pas rester,
Dans cette vie là, il faut te racheter.

Ni ya gnagami massi ta gnanabo.
Tu as perdu ton boulot dans cette vie la.
Ni ya féréké massi ta gnan-nabo.
Ta femme t'as quitté à cause de ça-la.
Ni ya gnougouba massi ta gnan-nabo.
Tu as perdu ta famille dans cette vie la.
Ni ya gnagami massi ta gnanabo.

Tu peux aller, le chemin est libre,
Tu peux bouger, la vie est si belle...
Comments (168)add comment
Always find this very cheerful, upbeat music welcome. I still have to go check the page to see who this is.... bad memory on my part.
Having 'traveled on business' in west Africa, and speaking french, knowing A and M songs and being able to sing a few lines was 'helpful'. Thank you RP. 
Background:::: 
Amadou lost his vision at the age of 16, while Mariam became blind at age 5 as a consequence of untreated measles. Known as "the blind couple from Mali", they met at Mali's Institute for the Young Blind, where they both performed at the Institute’s Eclipse Orchestra, directed by Idrissa Soumaouro, and found they shared an interest in music. Between 1974 and 1980, Amadou played guitar in the West African band Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako.

In 1980 the couple married and by 1983 they began to play together while Amadou continued a successful solo career and ran the blind institute's music programme.

Amadou is a fan of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin.[2]
Lots of negative comments on this one. I have no idea what they are saying, but it’s a catchy tune with some tasty guitar. I like it.
 lindaurq wrote:

where is the PSD button ?
 
Been replaced by the Skip button right between play and the volume bar.
I try not to use it too much. Bill knows best :-)
You can move, life is so beautiful, You can go, the way is free,
 rtrudeau wrote:

Try the PSD ("Play Something Different") button. It's much more satisfying than mute, and easier on your blood pressure than a rant. 
 
where is the PSD button ?
 jhorton wrote:
Love this song, and I LOVE French food.

Especially French fries!!!{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}
 
... You do know french fries aren't French, right?
Awesome tune.
Stevie Wonder and the Doors are boring!
So Bad!  I love RP and the variety but this goes too far off the rails for me.  I feel like I have to suffer through these kinds of songs in order to be rewarded by the songs that sandwiched it (Stevie Wonder-Pastime Paradise and The Doors-Strange Days).  I guess you can't please everyone all the time, right? 
 Baby_M wrote:
Killer surf rock from a landlocked country—love it!

 
Somehow I picture James Bond (the Roger Moore version) conveniently escaping his captors.
Love this song, and I LOVE French food.

Especially French fries!!!{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}
 Hyacinthe wrote:
I think anyone in France just hates A&M… I mean their songs are just. . . FACEPALMing. :(

 
but they LOVE Jerry Lewis!
 MiguelEI wrote:

What makes you an expert on french tastes? Where do you live anyway? Facepalm to you! ;-)

 
Thank you MiguelEI!
I'm French, and I love this song. 
 Hyacinthe wrote:
I think anyone in France just hates A&M… I mean their songs are just. . . FACEPALMing. :(

 
What makes you an expert on french tastes? Where do you live anyway? Facepalm to you! ;-)
Killer surf rock from a landlocked country—love it!
Love these folks.
 Hyacinthe wrote:
I think anyone in France just hates A&M… I mean their songs are just. . . FACEPALMing. :(

 
Why? This song doesn't say nothing bad I think. I love African sound. 
Not as repetitive as some of the their other songs that move me to press PSD.
Good, rockin' sound, and cool vocal variety. 
 Hyacinthe wrote:
I think anyone in France just hates A&M… I mean their songs are just. . . FACEPALMing. :(

 
It seems as if they've sold a lot of records in France.  Someone there must like them.
 Hyacinthe wrote:
I think anyone in France just hates A&M… I mean their songs are just. . . FACEPALMing. :(

 
I wouldn't be so strict... the songs are representative of a form of Africa that people might not like but personally I don't mind hearing it once in a while.. 
I think anyone in France just hates A&M… I mean their songs are just. . . FACEPALMing. :(
Great change from all that American shit !
Take that Michael Franti.
Mash up set working great.
Not going to rate it. Just do not like it at this time.
Love it
mumba-mumba mumbulumba....{#Headache}
alright amadou and mariam!
This is so amazing!

Why have I not heard of these guys before?

Just bought the CD as I usually do, right through the RP link.  Order complete before the song is over.

Thanks Bill, for turning me on to another great sonic feast!
 
Like the song a lot, but when I read the lyrics ... well, it's just a little too close to desperation to allow me to like it without restraint.  Sorry, but I can't explain it any better.
 justsomeone wrote:


You were lucky...

After unsuccesfully doing all of the above, I smashed my PC in frustration, went to the PC store for another one, started all over, finally managed to log in just to say "I completely agree"

thank you

 
Don't smash the PC... just yank the modem and have a beer... come back when its over... works every time....
MAN.... HOW do I get PSD to work in iTunes?....

 
In the mood for Amadou & Mariam{#Dancingbanana}

I hope the crisis in Mali ends soon.
Such Sound within such political processings- It's entirely sad!
Yikes!
 rockpommel16 wrote:
...don´t like this world-music-crab here on RP.......PSD
 
your name says it all...!!!!
Extraordinaire!
Merci au paradis!
 Zedman wrote:
Very cool song.

Vancouverites and Seattlites: Amadou and Mariam at the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival in August.
 
They did an excellent set.
Reminds us that harmony and beat is universal. Great memories from 5 months in Africa. More world music like this please !
.....f***....my PSD didn´t work......
...don´t like this world-music-crab here on RP.......PSD
Very cool song.

Vancouverites and Seattlites: Amadou and Mariam at the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival in August.
Masiteladi = unlucky
Love this! It fucking rocks!
Volume up full...... dancing around like I am in a Mali village {#Dancingbanana} how could you not....Love the lead guitar{#Bananajam} 
Hey, Montrealers, they will be in the Osheaga festival this summer! Yay!!
https://suivi.evenko.ca/v/443/fbdcfea1a550a2b0ed411a2f588a343df0f168ec37a7b7be

Don't understand the hating on this song — I dig it.
not an enjoyable song...not at all...{#Snooty}
nonesuch.com offers this:

Masiteladi (feat. M)


Tu peux aller, le chemin est libre.
Tu peux bouger, la vie est si belle.
Tu peux aller, le chemin est libre.

Tu as perdu ton boulot dans cette vie la,
Massi téladi.
Ta femme t’as quitté à cause de ça-la,
Massi téladi.
Tu as perdu ta famille dans cette vie la,
Massi téladi.
Eh! Tes amis t’on quitté à cause de ça la,
Massi téladi, massi téladi …
La vie est est une école.
Tu ne peux pas rester, tu ne peux pas rester,
Dans cette vie là, il faut te racheter.

Tu peux aller, le chemin est libre,
Tu peux bouger, la vie est si belle,
Tu peux aller, le chemin est libre,
Tu peux bouger, la vie est si belle.

I ka fourou douman tiyan na fêmi kosson.
Massi téladi.
I ka kanou douman tiyana na fêmi kosson.
Massi téladi.
I ka baden ya douman tiyana fêmi kosson.
Massi téladi.
I ka sindjiya douma tiyana fêmi kosson.
Massi téladi, massi téladi …
La vie est est une école.
Tu ne peux pas rester, tu ne peux pas rester,
Dans cette vie là, il faut te racheter.

Ni ya gnagami massi ta gnanabo.
Tu as perdu ton boulot dans cette vie la.
Ni ya féréké massi ta gnan-nabo.
Ta femme t’as quitté à cause de ça-la.
Ni ya gnougouba massi ta gnan-nabo.
Tu as perdu ta famille dans cette vie la.
Ni ya gnagami massi ta gnanabo.

Tu peux aller, le chemin est libre,
Tu peux bouger, la vie est si belle …

—-

You're free to go, the way is clear.
You can move, life is so beautiful.
You're free to go, the way is clear.

You’ve lost your job in this life.
Your wife has gone because of it.
You’ve lost your family in this life.
Eh! Your friends left you because of it.
Life is a lesson.
You can’t stay, you have to move on.
In this life, you have to redeem yourself.

You’re free, the way is clear.
You must carry on, life is so beautiful.

Your marriage is ruined.
Your true love is over.
Your friendship is lost.

You can’t stay, you have to move on.
And redeem yourself.
You’ve lost your job.
Don’t make it worse, or no-one will help you.

Your wife has left you
Don’t enter the maze, no-one is going to help you out.
You’ve lost your family
Don’t make it worse, or no-one will help you.

Go on!
Go, go!

Amadou & Mariam

You’re free, the way is clear.
You can move, life is so beautiful.
You can go, your way is clear.
You can move, life is so beautiful


 Byronape wrote:
I just spent the last 10 minutes rearranging my desk to fit my new and improved, no longer blown by listening to RP way to stinking loud , speakers for this?  Great, muting about 45 seconds after I got done...  that's just my luck.

 
 
Try the PSD ("Play Something Different") button. It's much more satisfying than mute, and easier on your blood pressure than a rant. 
Songs like this really make me appreciate the new PSD button!Smile
I just spent the last 10 minutes rearranging my desk to fit my new and improved, no longer blown by listening to RP way to stinking loud , speakers for this?  Great, muting about 45 seconds after I got done...  that's just my luck.

 
 rulebritannia wrote:
I love practically everything A&M.  This isn't among my favorites.
 
Same here.

Fact: They are both sight-disabled, and met at a school for the blind.

I love practically everything A&M.  This isn't among my favorites.
This song is on the verge of being annoying.
 F1 wrote:

A song has to be pretty god awful if I drop what I'm doing, go to the website to comment, realize I was not logged in, try and log in and the password doesn't work, have to click "forgot your password?", get the email, re-set the password and, FINALLY log in just to say, "this is one totally crap song".

thank you.


 

You were lucky...

After unsuccesfully doing all of the above, I smashed my PC in frustration, went to the PC store for another one, started all over, finally managed to log in just to say "I completely agree"

thank you

I like it! *dancing*
 Netto wrote:
A solid 2. Marginal track.
 
A solid 9. An excellent track.

(How wonderful that RP listeners can co-exist at both ends of the spectrum) 
7 <= 8
Sound card driver update
 Asmith wrote:

Make it stop now
I am so sick of this song

 
RIGHT ON BROTHER....

NO MORE 
I like this but I'm tired of it. Different track would be nice.
AHHHHHHH

WHY ?!!!!!!
 
Rocks this southern hillbilly
 Baby_M wrote:
Oh, come now kids, this is just flat-out pedal-to-the-metal fun.  {#Jump}  It gets up and just goes.

I love how the African vocal style is meshed in to the California surf-rock instrumentation.  I don't understand a word of it, and I don't care.
 
We be dancin' here too.

I already rated this a 7. I'm considering if that should be an 8. 
 fingerpin wrote:

From yahoo answers...

The expression "Massi téladi" is definitely not French; it is Bamanankan, one of the national languages of Mali; a land-locked sub-Saharan country in West Africa, once a French colony. It would appear looking at the lyrics of the song, by Amadou Bagayoko & Mariam Doumbia, most of which I have been able to translate into English. The phrase ("Massi téladi") in relation to the lyrics, seems to point to the possibility that it could, and this is a stab in the dark because it makes sense because of the relationship, mean "unlucky" - it seems to fit. Unless we have somebody in this community who reads, writes and speaks Bamanankan then we will not get a definitive answer.

Note: The original lyrics were written bi-lingual, part French, part Bamanankan
Sorry - best I can do.

Personal note: I like this CD. {#Wave}
 
Any idea what the French part of it translates to?

Oh, come now kids, this is just flat-out pedal-to-the-metal fun.  {#Jump}  It gets up and just goes.

I love how the African vocal style is meshed in to the California surf-rock instrumentation.  I don't understand a word of it, and I don't care.
A solid 2. Marginal track.

A solid 3
 Bluesgrrl wrote:
What does Masiteladi mean?
 
From yahoo answers...

The expression "Massi téladi" is definitely not French; it is Bamanankan, one of the national languages of Mali; a land-locked sub-Saharan country in West Africa, once a French colony. It would appear looking at the lyrics of the song, by Amadou Bagayoko & Mariam Doumbia, most of which I have been able to translate into English. The phrase ("Massi téladi") in relation to the lyrics, seems to point to the possibility that it could, and this is a stab in the dark because it makes sense because of the relationship, mean "unlucky" - it seems to fit. Unless we have somebody in this community who reads, writes and speaks Bamanankan then we will not get a definitive answer.

Note: The original lyrics were written bi-lingual, part French, part Bamanankan
Sorry - best I can do.

Personal note: I like this CD. {#Wave}
What does Masiteladi mean?
 F1 wrote:

A song has to be pretty god awful if I drop what I'm doing, go to the website to comment, realize I was not logged in, try and log in and the password doesn't work, have to click "forgot your password?", get the email, re-set the password and, FINALLY log in just to say, "this is one totally crap song".

thank you.

 
I'm curious - what makes you hate this song? It's a straightforward rock song, albeit in a language that I assume is foreign to you. It's competently played, sung, and produced. I can understand if you don't love it, but I really don't understand the hate.

yeah Zigi! your right pretty good little Africa Rocker!


 Stingray wrote:
Rather weak song from a good album!
 
Not sure "weak" is the right word, but yeah it's not my favorite cut from the album.
I am liking this rocking African groove.

WITHOUT MALI
USA would not be what it is today!

Think about it - American geo/history freaks!



Rather weak song from a good album!

SUPERB cover design!
 paulmack wrote:


Don't make it stop, I love this song. Looks like you lose, Asmith.
 

 Thank God I have a mute button!
 Asmith wrote:

Make it stop now
I am so sick of this song


 

Don't make it stop, I love this song. Looks like you lose, Asmith.

Make it stop now
I am so sick of this song


Nope. {#No}

Back in 5 minutes.

Edit: CSNY is playing after this - make that 10 minutes!

Too much! And not in a good way.

Amadou and Mariam ~ 5 By Simon Godley
https://www.flickr.com/photos/billielolasorcha/

This photo was taken on May 8, 2010 in Minehead, England, using a Canon EOS 50D.

Copyright All rights reserved



Nasamatalati!
 joshtime wrote:
love the cover!
 
That's the most I can say for this song! {#Headache}
love the cover!
 F1 wrote:

A song has to be pretty god awful if I drop what I'm doing, go to the website to comment, realize I was not logged in, try and log in and the password doesn't work, have to click "forgot your password?", get the email, re-set the password and, FINALLY log in just to say, "this is one totally crap song".

thank you.


 
I had to re-login to rate it, then saw that I already had given it a 1.

 stevematic wrote:
i am loving this. hearing music i would not otherwise hear is why i listen to RP.
 
Interesting way of choosing...do you pick restaurants the same way? ...or girlfriends? {#Eek}
 F1 wrote:

A song has to be pretty god awful if I drop what I'm doing, go to the website to comment, realize I was not logged in, try and log in and the password doesn't work, have to click "forgot your password?", get the email, re-set the password and, FINALLY log in just to say, "this is one totally crap song".

thank you.


 

{#Lol}
 F1 wrote:

A song has to be pretty god awful if I drop what I'm doing, go to the website to comment

 

Me, too. Sometimes I'm just overwhelmed with the need to comment. Most often it is because the song is soo annoying. There are a few of the others. {#Cool}
sirdroseph wrote:
Hell, they could just turn the whole station format to world music with a heavy emphasis on Africa and I would be happy!{#Bananajam}
I was going to send you the link for africanspice.com, but looks like they gave up the ghost!
https://somafm.com/play/suburbsofgoa is pretty asiancentric. Hard to believe there's not an African flavored world music station out there.

This song rocks for me!


A song has to be pretty god awful if I drop what I'm doing, go to the website to comment, realize I was not logged in, try and log in and the password doesn't work, have to click "forgot your password?", get the email, re-set the password and, FINALLY log in just to say, "this is one totally crap song".

thank you.


very cool sound... just get that background singer to shut the @!#$ up
I like it!
...
mas tequila drink...
mas tequila drink...
mas tequila drink...
mas tequila drink...
mas tequila drink...


Overplayed, very true!
But, i still think this is a very fresh sound and i love the way this guy makes his Telecaster sound so bluesy, especially since he is blind!!
To me,

8
 zjustme wrote:
Cool.  Got any King Sunny Ade lurking around anywhere to back this up?  {#Cool}
 
Hell, they could just turn the whole station format to world music with a heavy emphasis on Africa and I would be happy!{#Bananajam}
very good , very fresh
Nice!
This jams. It's great to run to.
Cool.  Got any King Sunny Ade lurking around anywhere to back this up?  {#Cool}
Just heard this....great clean up music!
HORED... Kill it
Oh Puh-leeeze.......spare us!
I have to admit, first time I heard this I was annoyed that I could not understand the lyrics, but once I got past that I realized that the music is pretty darn good.  And this guy rocks on the guitar.  Two thumbs up! {#Guitarist}
Love the, " Secret Agent Man," guitar sound!
Overplayed!

 dggeek wrote:
I like this song, but I'd like to hear some others by the artist.  Play some other songs, Bill!
 
Don't worry, they play this whole album and I am perfectly good with that!{#Cheers}
Oh God, not again.
I like this song, but I'd like to hear some others by the artist.  Play some other songs, Bill!
Kind of like turkey.  Two times per year is about all I can handle.
For a pair of blind mucisians they make a really rocking live presence. Saw them perform in Norway once and they rocked the festival.
Awesome blues-y guitar dude!
 Stingray wrote:
THE LOVELY SOUNDS OF MALI!

I wish we could get some more - here on RP

Maybe "HABIB", "ROKIA" and "KAR-KAR" for starters...?

 

Actually, the music sounds more like Congolese with heavy western pop-rock influences.

 

But I like it!  I can see myself in a thatched hut drinking beer on a warm sunny afternoon.  A beer with the local blacks one day; a beer with the South African mercs the next.


 jools wrote:

First time I've heard it and it's gooooood....
 

This rocks!
I liked it the first few times, but you guys play this everyday at the same hour!
 jwkoda wrote:
Good song but overplayed.
 
First time I've heard it and it's gooooood....
i am loving this. hearing music i would not otherwise hear is why i listen to RP.
 jwkoda wrote:
Good song but overplayed.
 

Simply impossible!!{#Lol}
Good song but overplayed.