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May 19, 2017

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The wait is finally over. The greatest living female voice in African music, Oumou Sangare releases a new album "Mogoya" (meaning "people today") on a new record label with an all-new production team and a wonderful new set of songs.

The power of Oumou's voice and the potency of her message remain as strong as ever and, while her sound is rooted deep in the continuity of Malian tradition, Mogoya has a strong new sound. Co-produced by Andreas Unge in Stockholm and by the French production collective A.l.b.e.r.t. (who have worked with among others Air, Tony Allen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beck, Franz Ferdinand) in Paris, it draws on a rich musical heritage whilst also looking to the future.

"We wanted to emphasise the raw power of Oumou's voice and songs. We wanted to find a new modernity" says co-producer Ludovic Bruni, one of the three members of A.l.b.e.r.t. with Vincent Taurelle and Vincent Taeger.

On the album, traditional African instruments - the kamele n'goni (harp), karignan (metal scraper) and calabash percussion - are augmented by electric guitar, bass, keyboards and synths with Tony Allen on drums. As Oumou puts it, "This time round I wanted to go for more of a modern sound, to satisfy young people in Mali but being careful, all the while, to respect my culture and tradition".

The songs describe what Oumou knows best ? human relationships. She addresses difficult topics with incredible frankness - jealousy, ingratitude and betrayal ? never afraid to sing about the day-to-day problems faced by African society, particularly women.

Oumou has a high international profile, touring all over the world, collaborating with artists such as Alicia Keys, Tracy Chapman, Bela Fleck and Dee Dee Bridgewater and featuring on the soundtrack of Toni Morrison's Beloved. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation and has three businesses in Mali ? a range of SUVs called 'Oum-Sang', a hotel in Bamako and 'Oumou Sangare 769; Rice', grown in her own fields.

She has released six albums on the World Circuit label: Moussolou, meaning "women"(1990), Ko Sira (1993), Worotan (1996), Oumou (2003), Seya (2009) and Kounadi (2012).

Music is at the absolute centre of Oumou's life: "without it I'm nothing and nothing can take it from me" and Mogoya represents an exciting new chapter in her career ? something which she approaches with a mixture of boldness, humility and confidence."It was new for me because my music has never had this kind of arrangement and sound before. I've been totally in the tradition for years now so to get out of that and have a look around elsewhere was a total pleasure," Oumou Sangare.

Press Quotes

'Sangaré's voice sounds as strong, sultry and agile as ever. Weaving around the backing singers and spare, imaginative arrangements, cutting loose with a few sustained soul-siren wails, totally in control, yet bursting at the seams' *****


"Top of the World" Top 10 albums for the May 2017


"Treasured Malian singer Oumou Sangaré has returned to champion resilience on "Yere Faga," a colorfully invigorating new song that features legendary Afrobeats drummer Tony Allen"

The Fader

"Oumou offers loose grooves"

Dazed & Confused

"Only tracks you need to hear this week playlist: Yera Faga"

Dazed Digital

" Sangaré rocks" ****


"A refreshingly short, focused piece of work"

The Observer

"...perhaps her funkiest album to date" *****


Online Album of the Week: "Sangaré rocks in her own way and nothing is going to change that" ****


"Sangaré is African musical royalty everywhere"

The Wire

"…her power, verve and versatility…truly carry the album."

The Wire

"Sangaré's voice sounds as strong, sultry and agile as ever. Weaving around the backing singers and spare, imaginative arrangements, cutting loose with a few sustained soul-siren wails, totally in control, yet bursting at the seams."


"Beautiful….leaves the listener wanting more."

New Internationalist

"Magical… An album that deserves a hearing beyond the world music faithful." ****

The Times (online)

"These are tunes you can dance to…" ****

The Times (online)

"The emotion that accompanies her moral conviction is totally authentic, and at the very heart of this music which, in spite of cultural distance, manages still to beguile us" ****

The Arts Desk

"Another infectious single with a deep groove"

Pigeons and Planes

"She may have too much humility to admit it, but I'd argue her place amongst Mali's greatest musicians is guaranteed".

Drowned in Sound

"Sangare sounds energised by the new production context: the new sound becomes her and as one would expect it is her power, verve and versatility that truly carry the album"

The Wire

"Oumou Sangare's first album in eight years justifies her billing as Africa's greatest living female voice"

Daily Mail

"A powerful new record from one of West Africa's most dynamic artists….compelling"

Evening Standard

"Sangare's voice is a soulful joy….this is social commentary delivered in the sweetest tones"

The Guardian

"an impressive, attacking set"

The Guardian


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Key Value
Catalogue number NF36
Barcode 3663729026880
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 78g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 5mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Bena Bena 04:55
2. Yere Faga Ft. Tony Allen 05:11
3. Fadjamou 04:36
4. Mali Niale 05:18
5. Kamelemba 04:14
6. Djoukourou 04:10
7. Kounkoun 04:46
8. Minata Waraba 04:47
9. Mogoya -