This event has finished

Worldbeat husband and wife success story Amadou and Mariam’s new show Eclipse asks the audience to experience life and music as they do – without sight

Amadou and Mariam have had a truly unique rise to global acclaim. They met at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, united through the Institute’s Eclipse Orchestra and shortly as husband and wife. Following their French breakthrough in 1998, they have brought enchanting African blues and a melange of global instrumentation to stages alongside U2, Blur and Coldplay.

Last year, their vivacious seventh album Folila delivered guest spots from Santigold, TV on the Radio, and Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters. Now Amadou and Mariam reflect on their life in music by bringing a fascinating sensory experiment to Australia.

Eclipse tells their story through select songs, sounds and even smells from their hometown of Bamako. But no visuals. Crowds absorb life as they have – in pitch darkness.

Amadou tells Time Out through an interpreter that he still marvels about the changes that they have experienced across their musical journey, and each song was chosen as a worthy representation of those phases. While Amadou is a fine guitarist, he admits that it was a complicated process getting his band to play without sight.

Thankfully, fans raved to Amadou during the UK and French runs of the show about the completely original way of listening, letting imagination overcome visual distractions. This is aided by piping in the spirited sounds and scents of street life to complete the picture of what Amadou says is a “usual day” in Mali’s capital city.

He says Eclipse aims to educate listeners on all the challenges they have had to face across their career. What better way to learn than to empathise with their pure joy in sound?

By Andrew Tijs   |  

Eclipse: Amadou and Mariam details

31 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Telephone 03 9699 3333

Nearby Stations: Flinders St

Price $25.00 to $79.00

Date 23 Oct 2013-25 Oct 2013

Open 8pm

Melbourne Recital Centre map

Report a problem with this page

Restaurants and bars nearby

The Tea Room

230m - The Tea Room is part of the NGV serving a dozen kinds of cuppa including...


256m - One cannot live on art alone, so after filling your mind with the wonder of...

Fatto Bar and Cantina

302m - Located on the terrace at Hamer Hall, Fatto offers simple Italian dishes for...

Sake Restaurant & Bar

322m - Saké is Sydney chef Shaun Presland’s contemporary Japanese restaurant...

More restaurants and bars nearby

Other venues nearby

Iwaki Auditorium

109m - Named after Maestro Hiroyuki Iwaki and home of the Melbourne Symphony...

Southbank Theatre

147m - Located at 140 Southbank Boulevard, the award-winning Southbank Theatre...

Grant Street

207m - Melbourne, meet your new show-off spot. As of May 23, whenever you head to...

More venues nearby

You might also like

Perfect day

Perfect day

Follow our itinerary towards what we reckon is a pretty perfect day

Pub Guide

Pub Guide

Discover Melbourne's best 50 pubs right here, right now

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus