Amadou & Mariam
Hailing from Mali, the couple has sold nine albums and have produced hit singles such as, “Sabali,” which was ranked 15 on Pitchfork’s Top 100 Best Tracks of 2008. They were awarded the French Victoire de la Musique prize for best World Music album of the year, won two BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music, recorded the official anthem for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and were nominated for the “Best Contemporary World Music Album” at the 52nd ceremony of the Grammy Awards. As Ambassadors, the couple perform benefit concerts in support of WFP, including the 2007 “Together Against Hunger” concert and the 2008 Paris-Bamako music festival. In 2011, they conducted a field visit to Haiti where they visited WFP projects and met pregnant and nursing women and their children who received nutrition products. In 2006 they formalized a partnership with WFP to provide school feeding in two specialized institutes for blind or visually impaired children in Bamako and Gao, Mali. They are also very active on social and digital media in promoting WFP.