Oumou Sangare - Seya (4 stars)

Oumou Sangare - Seya


Oumou Sangare shows why she is one of the most significant African female musicians alive in this stunning set in which she marries gutsy lyrics about arranged marriage and polygamy to her seductively zippy Wassoulou music.

Sangare’s bewitching voice dips into irresistible layers of xylophones, percussion, guitar and brass riffs played by a host of fellow Malian greats. Produced by Nick Gold, the man responsible for Buena Vista Social Club, there’s nice detail from key guests like Pee Wee Ellis and Tony Allen. (Great translations and photos show the genial hotel-owning Sangare is a staggeringly beautiful fashion statement person too.

(World Circuit)

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