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Ever since her epoch-making debut album, Moussoulou , was released, Oumou Sangare has been one of Mali's most honored singer-songwriters, both at home and abroad. She was born in Wassoulou, a southern province where over 90 percent of the musicians are women. Her family is not of the Jeli (hereditary musician) caste, so she is not bound to glorify the past or praise wealthy patrons. Instead, she sings of controversies that concern modern African women, such as love matches versus the evils of polygamy. On Ko Sira Sangare's smoldering vocals transform reality into incantation, anchored by a subtly devastating rhythmic attack. Rustic acoustic harps, itchy fiddles, searing guitars, and rasping percussion ground her pentatonic-based blues amid precariously balanced time signatures. According to Sangare, ancient traditions and modern possibilities are equally important, but the freedom to choose between them, or not, is what really matters. Her own decision is clearly audible here. --Christina Roden

1. Kayini Wura
2. Sigi Kuruni
3. Mani Djindala
4. Saa Magni
5. Dugu Kamelemba
6. Bi Furu
7. Nawo Nawo
8. Ko Sira

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00004YNH0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pharoah S. Wail VINE VOICE on November 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Let me just say right away that you should buy this cd. I listen to musics from all over the world and alot of things that I love are things that I can understand why maybe someone else doesn't like them, but this is not one of those cds.

As is the case with all non-English musics, just by listening I do not know what the musician is singing about, but Oumou is so utterly powerful and emotional that I can't even imagine what it'd be like to hear her and not be moved... sometimes moved to dancing, sometimes moved to tears. Sometimes both at the same time.

There is one song on this cd that I don't like, but that doesn't matter, this is a five-star cd all the way. The power of track #2 (Sigi Kuruni) and track #4 (Saa Magni) are by themselves strong enough to earn this cd a five-star rating from me. All the other songs range from very good to great.

I know that Ali Farka Toure is the most widely known Malian musician, but please do not forget the women of Mali. The best songs on this cd have no problem standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the best songs that Ali Farka Toure and Afel Bocoum have written.

I always assume people will love this cd. This is as great a place as any to start hearing some songs from modern Mali. Oumou and her two-woman backing chorus are simply phenomenal singers, and the acoustic musicianship is perfect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 2001
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I was entranced by the quality of her voice, the melodies and just the overall sheer sonic experience. I bought this CD and it lived up to every expectation. Even my musically less adventorous friends have commented on how good this album is. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD, but I question Amazon's billing of it as "new music." My copy reads "Made in Germany 1993." It's held on this long for a reason -- a beautiful voice, instrumentals -- mine is still in the CD player and I've had it for 5 or more years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julian R. Garrett on May 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was in a cafe in Morocco when I first heard Oumou Sangare, it was Saa Magni, about her friend Amadou who she lost. There have been few other songs I have ever heard that have carried such a raw emotion, I dont know what the words say, but then I thought maybe its better I dont, the power of her voice conveys everything you need to know - she has such an amazing power in her voice, something that jumps out at you right away, and yet she sings about the most mundane of subjects for the most part.

Even if you're not into african music, you will probably appreciate the quality of this singer, she's awesome.
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