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Moussolou

Oumou Sangare

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Hailing from the Wassoulou forest region of Mali, singer Oumou Sangare helped modernize the acoustic-native mix of hunters' songs and sogoninkun dance music she grew up with. Finding her way to the city of Abidjan in 1989, Sangare cut a cassette that would eventually sell close to a quarter of a million copies; it became her debut disc, compliments of the World Circuit label. And while she would go on to cut albums with a mix of traditional and tastefully chosen Western elements, Moussoulou captures Sangare in all her sensual acoustic glory. Undulating atop a musical base featuring violin, the djembe goblet drum, a call-and-response choir, and the kamalengoni harp, Sangare daringly speaks out against such traditional practices as polygamy and arranged marriages. She fleshes out these modern views -- for Mali and many other African countries, at least -- with songs that both encourage her countrymen to recognize women as individuals and focus on a girl's struggle to reconcile old values with modern needs. A find for fans of West African folk-pop music.
© Stephen Cook /TiVo

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1
Djama Kaissoumou
00:06:46

Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist

© 1991 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1991 Samassa Productions

2
Diaraby Nene
00:05:18

Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist

© 1991 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1991 Samassa Productions

3
Woula Bara Diagna
00:05:19

Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist

© 1991 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1991 Samassa Productions

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Moussolou
00:05:14

Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist

© 1991 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1991 Samassa Productions

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Diya Gneba
00:04:53

Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist

© 1991 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1991 Samassa Productions

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Ah Ndiya
00:04:29

Oumou Sangare, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist

© 1991 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1991 Samassa Productions

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Hailing from the Wassoulou forest region of Mali, singer Oumou Sangare helped modernize the acoustic-native mix of hunters' songs and sogoninkun dance music she grew up with. Finding her way to the city of Abidjan in 1989, Sangare cut a cassette that would eventually sell close to a quarter of a million copies; it became her debut disc, compliments of the World Circuit label. And while she would go on to cut albums with a mix of traditional and tastefully chosen Western elements, Moussoulou captures Sangare in all her sensual acoustic glory. Undulating atop a musical base featuring violin, the djembe goblet drum, a call-and-response choir, and the kamalengoni harp, Sangare daringly speaks out against such traditional practices as polygamy and arranged marriages. She fleshes out these modern views -- for Mali and many other African countries, at least -- with songs that both encourage her countrymen to recognize women as individuals and focus on a girl's struggle to reconcile old values with modern needs. A find for fans of West African folk-pop music.
© Stephen Cook /TiVo

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