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Singer who fuses tradition with modernity

The “Songbird of Wassoulou” has returned with the album Mogoya (the title translates from her native Bambara language. PHOTO | COURTESY
The “Songbird of Wassoulou” has returned with the album Mogoya (the title translates from her native Bambara language. PHOTO | COURTESY 

The release of a long-anticipated album from one of the truly influential African singers of the modern era is bound to create excitement among her global fan base.

It is eight years since Malian singer Oumou Sangare released her last album Seya and so the news of a new set of songs last week has excited followers of what is generally categorised as World Music.

The “Songbird of Wassoulou” has returned with the album Mogoya (the title translates from her native Bambara language as “people today”). Her distinctive voice remains as formidable as it has always been and the sound of the music is rooted in Malian tradition but with some striking edgy elements.

Recorded in Stockholm and produced in Paris by the production team of A.L.B.E.R.T, the album of nine songs retains the cultural heritage from the Malian region of Wassoulou while incorporating futuristic elements.