‘A very revealing look at the cultural traditions and – to western eyes at least – the superstitions that make up the nuts and bolts of Malian life.’ – Total Music Magazine

‘It’s Amadou who narrates the bulk of the tale, explaining Malian quirks and traditions with an amusing directness, and conveying his love for Mariam with the sort of heartwarming guilelessness that has become the couple’s trademark.’ – Songlines ****

‘The picture Amadou paints of West African life in the 60s and 70s is vivid, and it is impossible not to be impressed by his refusal ever to feel sorry for himself.’ – Mojo

‘As far from Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt as music biography gets.’ – Word