Interpreting the world music of Amadou & Mariam

John J. Thompson

June 8, 2012

I never heard of them before so I downloaded the album with my Zune pass. Lovely stuff. So often these TC music pieces introduce me to new music I enjoy. Keep them coming. pvk

January 3, 2016

I just discovered this couple. Their song, All I Believe, has been in my iTunes forever. Part of a soundtrack I downloaded years ago. I never really listened to the lyrics but recently paid attention. I was surprised to learn that the artists are a blind African couple. Fascinating story for sure. You asked what responsibility we have as Christians to translate music to pinpoint beliefs? I believe we do have a responsibility to do so. That goes for any media or literature. For instance, my daughter loves Japanese culture and cartoons. I asked her how does she know what she is watching if she has no understanding of the language? Subsequently she discovered that one of her beloved cartoons is actually centered around the life of a demon. With that being said, the reason I came across your article was to determine what this couple believes. I felt it important for me to know. And now that I know that they are Muslims should I delete the song? Not at all. I barely listen to music and God brought my attention to this couple for a reason. I will be praying for them.

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