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Following Worotan, Oumou Sangare's third album for World Circuit, she decided to take some time to devote to her family and also to focus her efforts on bettering her own country rather than continuing her path to international stardom. After nearly eight years since that last stateside release, World Circuit is reintroducing her with the Oumou compilation. But this is much more than a simple "greatest-hits" package, as six of the tracks come from Sangare's most recent album, released on cassette only in Mali in 2003, and two others are previously unreleased. Sangare is not only a fabulous singer with a great band, she is an important social commentator, addressing many aspects of Malian society with a forthrightness never before heard from a Malian woman. Her basic sound is rooted in Wassoulou, a modernized version of an ancient hunters' musical tradition, which featured the kamalengoni, a six-stringed African harp. Sangare blended that with violin, electric guitar, bass, and her powerful, passionate lyrics, taking Mali by storm in the early '90s. As time went on, she incorporated some outside influences, but never abandoned her deeply Malian sound. In fact, some of the material from the most recent cassette release is virtually indistinguishable from her first album. On the other hand, she successfully integrated Pee Wee Ellis and his horn arrangements on Worotan, and while the drum programming on "Yala" might be a bit disconcerting at first, she points out in the liner notes that the song was intended as a message for young people, and where better to get that message out than the dancefloor? (That song and "Ne Bi Fe," with its almost trip-hop flavor, represent the only real stylistic departures on the collection.) The intelligent, non-chronological sequencing makes the collection flow nicely. Informative liner notes outline the origins of Wassoulou as well as Sangare's history, and Oumou herself provides track-by-track commentary. This is a great package of amazing music from one of Mali's most important artists.
© Sean Westergaard /TiVo

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1
Ah Ndiya 2003 Remaster
00:04:30

Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Brehima Diakite, Musicians - Aliou Traore, Violin - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Oumou Sinayoro, Background Vocals - Boubacar Diallo, Guitar - Pierre Houon, Mixer - Amadou Ba Guindo, Producer, Bass - P. de Souza, Assistant Mix Engineer - Yaro Francois, Assistant Mix Engineer

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1991 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

2
Wayeina
00:05:33

Guy Nsangue, Bass - Traditional, Composer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Recorded by - Oumou Sangare, Arranger, Vocals, MainArtist - Malik Mezzadri, Flute - Nick Gold, Producer - Baba Salah, Guitar - Coco Mbassi, Background Vocals - Zoumana Tereta, Violin - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Tata Diakité, Background Vocals - Oliza, Background Vocals - Zé Luis Nascimento, Percussion - Boncana Maïga, Producer - Thomas Dyani, Percussion - Julia Saar, Background Vocals - Benogo Diakite, Musicians - Ramatou Diakite, Background Vocals - Basidi Keita, Percussion - Kassini Sidibe, Musicians - Nabinkou Diakite, Background Vocals

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

3
Mogo Te Diya Bee Ye
00:04:09

Traditional, Composer - Jerry Boys, Mixer - Oumou Sangare, Arranger, Vocals, MainArtist - Nick Gold, Producer - Mark Peters, Recorded by - Brehima Diakite, Musicians - Massambou Wele Diallo, Percussion - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

4
Magnoumako
00:04:15

Guy Nsangue, Bass - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Recorded by - Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Malik Mezzadri, Flute - Frank Tontoh, Drums - Nick Gold, Producer - Baba Salah, Guitar - Coco Mbassi, Background Vocals - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Tata Diakité, Background Vocals - Oliza, Background Vocals - Zé Luis Nascimento, Percussion - Boncana Maïga, Producer - Thomas Dyani, Percussion - Julia Saar, Background Vocals - Benogo Diakite, Musicians - Ramatou Diakite, Background Vocals - Basidi Keita, Percussion - Kassini Sidibe, Musicians

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

5
Dugu Kamalemba 2003 Remaster
00:06:06

Jerry Boys, Mixer - John Hadden, Mixer, Recorded by - Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Nick Robbins, Mixer - Nick Gold, Producer - Colin Bass, Bass - Brehima Diakite, Musicians - Massambou Wele Diallo, Producer, Arranger, Percussion - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Aliou Traore, Violin - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Ibrahima Sarr, Percussion - Boubacar Diallo, Guitar

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1993 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

6
Saa Magni 2003 Remaster
00:07:18

Jerry Boys, Mixer - John Hadden, Mixer, Recorded by - Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Nick Robbins, Mixer - Nick Gold, Producer - Colin Bass, Bass - Brehima Diakite, Musicians - Massambou Wele Diallo, Producer, Arranger, Percussion - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Aliou Traore, Violin - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Ibrahima Sarr, Percussion - Boubacar Diallo, Guitar

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1993 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

7
Woula Bara Diagna 2003 Remaster
00:05:04

Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Brehima Diakite, Musicians - Aliou Traore, Violin - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Oumou Sinayoro, Background Vocals - Boubacar Diallo, Guitar - Pierre Houon, Mixer - Amadou Ba Guindo, Producer, Bass - P. de Souza, Assistant Mix Engineer - Yaro Francois, Assistant Mix Engineer

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1991 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

8
Yala
00:04:04

Guy Nsangue, Bass - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Recorded by - Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Jean Toussaint, Tenor Saxophone - Nick Gold, Producer - Baba Salah, Guitar - Coco Mbassi, Background Vocals - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Mike Williams, Flute, Alto Saxophone - Tata Diakité, Background Vocals - Oliza, Background Vocals - Zé Luis Nascimento, Percussion - Boncana Maïga, Producer - Julia Saar, Background Vocals - Benogo Diakite, Musicians - Ramatou Diakite, Background Vocals - Kassini Sidibe, Musicians - Paul Jayasingha, Trumpet

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

9
Djorolen Remix
00:04:19

James Thompson, Programmer - Oumou Sangare, Composer, Remixer, Vocals, MainArtist - NITIN SAWHNEY, Guitar - Nick Gold, Producer - Baba Salah, Guitar - Michael Mondesir, Bass - Massambou Wele Diallo, Arranger, Percussion - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Boubacar Diallo, Guitar - Delta Rhythm, Mixer - Basidi Keita, Percussion - Abdouleye Fofana, Flute - Kasim Sidibe, Musicians

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

10
Denko
00:05:10

Pee Wee Ellis, Tenor Saxophone - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Recorded by - Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Nick Gold, Producer - Baba Salah, Guitar - Michael Mondesir, Bass - Massambou Wele Diallo, Arranger, Percussion - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Boubacar Diallo, Guitar - Basidi Keita, Percussion - Abdouleye Fofana, Flute - Kasim Sidibe, Musicians - Chris Haig, Violin - Sovra Wilson, Violin

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

11
Maladon
00:04:04

Guy Nsangue, Bass - Everton Nelson, Strings - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Recorded by - Jackie Norrie, Strings - Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - David Williams, Strings - Brice Wassy, Drums - Catherine Browning, Strings - Nick Gold, Producer - Baba Salah, Guitar - Coco Mbassi, Background Vocals - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Tata Diakité, Background Vocals - Oliza, Background Vocals - Zé Luis Nascimento, Percussion - Boncana Maïga, Producer - Julia Saar, Background Vocals - Benogo Diakite, Musicians - Ramatou Diakite, Background Vocals - John Smart, Strings - Basidi Keita, Percussion - Kassini Sidibe, Musicians - Amelia Street, Strings

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

12
Diaraby Nene 2003 Remaster
00:05:14

Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Brehima Diakite, Musicians - Aliou Traore, Violin - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Oumou Sinayoro, Background Vocals - Boubacar Diallo, Guitar - Pierre Houon, Mixer - Amadou Ba Guindo, Producer, Bass - P. de Souza, Assistant Mix Engineer - Yaro Francois, Mixer

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1991 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

13
Sigi Kuruni 2003 Remaster
00:06:08

Jerry Boys, Mixer - John Hadden, Mixer, Recorded by - Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Nick Robbins, Mixer - Nick Gold, Producer - Colin Bass, Bass - Brehima Diakite, Musicians - Massambou Wele Diallo, Producer, Arranger, Percussion - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Aliou Traore, Violin - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Ibrahima Sarr, Percussion - Boubacar Diallo, Guitar

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1993 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

14
Ne Bi Fe
00:04:19

James Thompson, Programmer - Guy Nsangue, Bass - Jerry Boys, Recorded by - Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Simon Burwell, Keyboards - Malik Mezzadri, Flute - Nick Gold, Producer - Baba Salah, Guitar - Coco Mbassi, Background Vocals - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Tata Diakité, Background Vocals - Delta Rhythm, Mixer - Oliza, Background Vocals - Zé Luis Nascimento, Percussion - Boncana Maïga, Producer - Thomas Dyani, Percussion - Julia Saar, Background Vocals - Benogo Diakite, Musicians - Ramatou Diakite, Background Vocals - Basidi Keita, Percussion - Kassini Sidibe, Musicians

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

15
Laban
00:04:57

Guy Nsangue, Bass - Everton Nelson, Strings - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Recorded by - Jackie Norrie, Strings - Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - David Williams, Strings - Malik Mezzadri, Flute - Catherine Browning, Strings - Jean Toussaint, Tenor Saxophone - Nick Gold, Producer - Baba Salah, Guitar - Coco Mbassi, Background Vocals - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Mike Williams, Flute, Alto Saxophone - Tata Diakité, Background Vocals - Oliza, Background Vocals - Zé Luis Nascimento, Percussion - Boncana Maïga, Producer - Thomas Dyani, Percussion - Julia Saar, Background Vocals - Benogo Diakite, Musicians - Ramatou Diakite, Background Vocals - John Smart, Strings - Basidi Keita, Percussion - Kassini Sidibe, Musicians - Paul Jayasingha, Trumpet - Amelia Street, Strings

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

16
Kayini Wura 2003 Remaster
00:05:32

Jerry Boys, Mixer - John Hadden, Mixer, Recorded by - Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Nick Robbins, Mixer - Nick Gold, Producer - Colin Bass, Bass - Brehima Diakite, Musicians - Massambou Wele Diallo, Producer, Percussion - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Aliou Traore, Violin - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Ibrahima Sarr, Percussion - Boubacar Diallo, Guitar

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1993 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

17
Sabu 2003 Remaster
00:04:02

Traditional, Composer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Recorded by - Oumou Sangare, Composer, Arranger, Vocals, MainArtist - Nick Gold, Producer - Baba Salah, Guitar - Michael Mondesir, Bass - Massambou Wele Diallo, Arranger, Percussion - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Boubacar Diallo, Guitar - Basidi Keita, Percussion - Abdouleye Fofana, Flute - Kasim Sidibe, Musicians

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1996 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

18
Djorolen 2003 Remaster
00:06:42

Oumou Sangare, Composer, MainArtist - Massambou Wele Diallo, Arranger

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1996 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

19
Baba 2003 Remaster
00:03:58

Pee Wee Ellis, Tenor Saxophone - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Recorded by - Winston Rollins., Trombone - Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Nick Gold, Producer - Baba Salah, Guitar - Michael Mondesir, Bass - Massambou Wele Diallo, Arranger, Percussion - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Boubacar Diallo, Guitar - Graeme Hamilton, Trumpet - Basidi Keita, Percussion - Abdouleye Fofana, Flute - Kasim Sidibe, Musicians

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1996 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

20
N'Guatu 2003 Remaster
00:04:46

Jerry Boys, Mixer, Recorded by - Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Nick Gold, Producer - Baba Salah, Guitar - Michael Mondesir, Bass - Massambou Wele Diallo, Arranger, Percussion - Alima Touré, Background Vocals - Nabintou Diakite, Background Vocals - Boubacar Diallo, Guitar - Thomas Dyani, Percussion - Basidi Keita, Percussion - Abdouleye Fofana, Flute - Kasim Sidibe, Musicians - Chris Haig, Violin - Sovra Wilson, Violin

© 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1996 2003 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

Album Description

Following Worotan, Oumou Sangare's third album for World Circuit, she decided to take some time to devote to her family and also to focus her efforts on bettering her own country rather than continuing her path to international stardom. After nearly eight years since that last stateside release, World Circuit is reintroducing her with the Oumou compilation. But this is much more than a simple "greatest-hits" package, as six of the tracks come from Sangare's most recent album, released on cassette only in Mali in 2003, and two others are previously unreleased. Sangare is not only a fabulous singer with a great band, she is an important social commentator, addressing many aspects of Malian society with a forthrightness never before heard from a Malian woman. Her basic sound is rooted in Wassoulou, a modernized version of an ancient hunters' musical tradition, which featured the kamalengoni, a six-stringed African harp. Sangare blended that with violin, electric guitar, bass, and her powerful, passionate lyrics, taking Mali by storm in the early '90s. As time went on, she incorporated some outside influences, but never abandoned her deeply Malian sound. In fact, some of the material from the most recent cassette release is virtually indistinguishable from her first album. On the other hand, she successfully integrated Pee Wee Ellis and his horn arrangements on Worotan, and while the drum programming on "Yala" might be a bit disconcerting at first, she points out in the liner notes that the song was intended as a message for young people, and where better to get that message out than the dancefloor? (That song and "Ne Bi Fe," with its almost trip-hop flavor, represent the only real stylistic departures on the collection.) The intelligent, non-chronological sequencing makes the collection flow nicely. Informative liner notes outline the origins of Wassoulou as well as Sangare's history, and Oumou herself provides track-by-track commentary. This is a great package of amazing music from one of Mali's most important artists.
© Sean Westergaard /TiVo

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