Musiques du Mali
Oumou Sangaré recorded her first cassette in 1989.
When it was officially released in 1990, it became an enormous hit in West Africa. Throughout
the 1990s, Oumou became increasingly known and loved among both African and Western audience. Her
silky voice, the rootsy yet accessible music, and her criticizing lyrics addressing modern time issues,
contributed undoubtedly to her success. She specifically addresses to Malian women in her lyrics,
singing about their sometimes precarious livelihoods. Oumou became an emblematic figure for women's emancipation in Mali.
On her 1996 CD, Worotan, she added some horn instruments (a.o. Pee Wee Ellis on sax) without spoiling the authentic sound of the music from the Wassoulou region in Southern Mali.
Oumou occasionally released an album in Mali, but became increasingly active in business, thus showing once again to African women that they can be emancipated. She built a hotel (Hôtel Résidence Wassoulou) and started importing Chinese cars for the local market under her own name (Oumsang).
After many years she comes back in 2009 with a stunning album receiving extremely positive acclaim from the music press:
|Seya||2009||World Circuit WCD 081|
|Oumou||2003||World Circuit WCD 067||2 CD, with new songs and remastered older material|
|Mussowla Diala||2002||Mali K7||Local cassette production|
|Laban||2001||Mali K7||Local cassette production|
|Worotan||1996||World Circuit WCD 045||Originally released on Syllart as Denw|
|Ko Sira||1993||World Circuit WCD 036|
|Moussolou||1991||World Circuit WCD 021||Initially released on the Syllart label in 1990|
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