|1993.Aug.27 - Africa Festival Delft - picture by Frans Schellekens at gettyimages|
Short Introduction to Oumou SangaréOumou Sangaré, born 1968 in Bamako, is a Malian Wassoulou musician. Sangaré's mother was the singer Aminata Diakité. As a child, Oumou Sangaré sang in order to help her mother feed their family as her father had abandoned them. At the age of five, she was well known for her talents as a gifted singer. After making it to the finals of a contest for the nursery schools of Bamako, she performed in front of a crowd of 6.000 at the Omnisport Stadium. At 16 she went on tour with the percussion group Djoliba.
Oumou Sangaré recorded her first album Moussoulou ("Women") in 1989 in Abidjan with Amadou Ba Guindo, a renowned maestro of Malian music. With more than 200,000 copies sold, the album (K7) was an unprecedented West African hit. At the age of 21 she was already a star. With the help of Ali Farka Touré, Oumou Sangaré signed (in 1991?) with the English label World Circuit.
Oumou's music has been inspired by the music and traditional dances of the Wassoulou region in south-east Mali. She writes and composes her songs, which often include social criticism, especially concerning women's low status in society. Many of Oumou's songs concern love and marriage, especially freedom of choice in marriage, she supports the cause of women throughout the world.
More about Oumou Sangaré at wikipedia (basic only) and in various 'album extras' at worldcircuit (in depth).
Listen to a track from the 1994 Druga Godba Festival in Slovenia
SANGARE OUMOU 199x Live & 200x K7only
Various Live Recordings
19930711: Diya Gneba (Festival Hertme - souce: website, sounds audience rec.)
199308: Ah Ndiya (Heimatklange Berlin - source: No Make Palaver CD, prianha)
199405: 1.Moussoulou / 2.Ah Ndiya (Druga Godba Slovenia - source: 2011 AfroPop radioshow)
19960109: Djama Kaissoumou (Symphony Space NY - source: 2010 WFMU radioshow)
Various K7s only (source: 2009 concertzender.nl radioshow)
2001: a1.Sina / a3.Been / b4.Tcheou (from 'Laban' K7)
2002: a1.Aw Bissimila / a2.Be Ka Wili (from 'Mussowla Diala' K7)
Discography1991: Moussolou (CD/LP, World Circuit)
recorded 1989 in Abidjan and first released on K7 by Syllart in West-Afica
1993: Ko Sira (CD, World Circuit)
1996: Worotan (CD, World Circuit)
2001: Laban (2001, K7 only) - see mali-music.com
2002: Mussowla Diala (2002, K7 only) - see mali-music.com
2003: Oumou (CD comp, World Circuit) comp.of first 3 CDs and 'Laban' K7
2009: Seya (CD, World Circuit)