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Oumou Sangare

In 1990, Wassoulou singer Sangare became a superstar in West Africa with Moussolou, which sold an astonishing 250,000 copies (many more were likely pirated). She received much of her attention for writing and singing lyrics that specifically addressed concerns of women in modern West African society, such as the conflict between marriage and personal freedom; not a shocking subject in the Western world, perhaps, but a pioneering one for the popular music of the region. Western listeners who can't understand the lyrics will be drawn in by her mellifluous vocals and smooth, circular compositions, which use full arrangements without sounding over-produced. Both traditional instruments and electric guitars/basses are prominently used (without getting in each other's way) on her 1993 release Ko Sira, her most widely available recording in the U.S. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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I grew up listening to Oumou songs. She is a feminist to the core. She sings her song without any fear of being judge by the community. Most her songs are based on real stories which makes them even more interesting to us women
One of my favorite Malian singers
Thanks be 2 Almighty God 4 Oumou Sangare, & all the other great, gifted women who stand up 4 ALL women!!! This beautiful, truthful,cou r a g e o u s music speaks to the heart! I don't have to understand the words 2 know what it's about. God bless them 4ever!!!!!!! ! ! :-D
romankeno01
Irie vibration good music for the soul
vonna2003
Can't understand her yet it is still breathtaking .
Oumou Sangare is one the most successful female artists.She establishes the balance between the traditional jeli du mande et du Wassoulou.
Oumou is a supreme diva. Have been listening to her for over 10 years now. Her music is a mixture of traditional and modern. Dr. Lucy Duran (google her) has done extensive interviews with Oumou in Mali broadcast on the BBC and other African music shows. Point of clarificatio n - Oumou was raised in Bamako. It is her mother who is from Wassoulou, thus she adopted the sound from there.
queenmamaeue
Beautiful!
mark87071
Oumou was featured on the Bela Fleck documentary Throw Down Your Heart. (available on Netflix streaming). The two songs she performed with him are very moving: Ah Ndiya, and the haunting Djorolen. She has an amazing voice.
Wassoulou is in Mali, I believe
cnouboussi
I am loving the music. Pandora, could you please be more specific in the biography? there are many countries in West Africa, so which country ( and maybe region) does Oumou come from? It makes a big difference.
ellensalazar 1
I love her music and would love to see her perform.
i like her music too
chelsea0907
Simply breathtaking . My favorite artist of this genre. Truly motivating.
Great sounds!
nyjlal
I wish I could understand what she is saying but good music is good music. This is GOOD!
I love her sound
merah101
so powerful yet so tender voice. She is my new idol
shoshiety2
spectacular voice with incredible resonance
I just found her, what wonderful music.
She is the Queen of Wassoulou for sure!
mtnmusicgrrl
Beautiful! Wonderful! Marvelous! Catchy for sure - love it!
This is good music indeed!
Ayiii! You go girl!
Listening to Oumou takes me back to my Peace Corps days in the Sikasso region of Mali... I can't get enough of her music!
Mmmm... nice!
robin.lattin
Yes..This is nice indeed!!!
whitemorning
This is the stuff. What I've always been looking for.

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