Oumou Sangaré
(Mali)



Oumou Sangaré was just 21 when her first album, Moussoulu, with its groundbreaking songs championing female empowerment and condemning inequality and polygamy, rocketed her to national stardom in 1989. Since then, she has become internationally recognised as one of Africa’s greatest voices – performing at prestigious venues and festivals around the world, receiving honours and awards and releasing a string of acclaimed albums modernising yet staying true to the traditions of her Wassoulou music roots. At the same time, she has built a significant business empire at home as hotelier, manufacturer of Oum Sang SUVs and producer of her own brand of rice. In her songs she continues to address social issues affecting Malian women, mirrored offstage in her work organising community projects and festivals. Malian superstar, indefatigable campaigner, international diva; WOMEX Artist Award 2017 winner.

Oumou Sangaré - lead vocals
Guimba Kouyate - guitar
Elise Blanchard - bass guitar
Kandy Guira - backing vocals
Jon Grandcamp - drums
Abou Diarra - kamele n’Goni
Emma Lamadji - backing vocals
Alexandre Millet - keyboards

Images

Photo Credit: Benoit Peverelli


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