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Significant Music Festival Colours of Ostrava 2018

The annual music festival Colours of Ostrava will take place July 18-21, 2018 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The lineup this year includes Oumou Sangare, Cheikh Lô, Dobet Gnahoré, Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita, Ziggy Marley, Calexico, Dirtmusic, Radio cos, Debashish Bhattacharya, BraAgas and many more.

Colours of Ostrava is a multi-genre music festival organised annually in Ostrava since 2002. The festival features international acts, including world music artists.

More at www.colours.cz


WOMAD Cáceres Announces Additional Acts, Including Oumou Sangaré

World music festival WOMAD Cáceres will be celebrating its 27th edition from Thursday, May 10 through Sunday, May 13, 2018. In addition to previously announced artists chk chk chk (United States), Canal de Timbiquí (Colombia) and The Gramophone Allstars Big Band (Spain), WOMAD Cáceres has revealed four additional acts: Oumou Sangaré (Mali), Red Baraat (United States), Elemotho Gaalelekwe (Namibia) and Papaya (Spain).

WOMAD Cáceres is held in historic Cáceres in western Spain. The festival is supported by the Junta de Extremadura (regional government), the Diputación de Cáceres (provincial government) and the City Council of Caceres through the Gran Teatro Consortium. In addition to concerts, the program includes a wide variety of activities: cinema, poetry, gastronomy, crafts, exhibitions, etc.

Oumou Sangaré, the voice of African women

Stylish, elegant, determined and charismatic, with a moving and powerful voice, Malian singer Oumou Sangaré has become a symbol for African femininity and a reference for millions of women. Throughout her long career she has used her songs to denounce without fear the position of women in Mali and to oppose polygamy, child marriage and a system that defines a “good wife” as a submissive woman. “Since I was a child, I promised myself that one day I would shout to the world about this problem,” she asserts. “Women have difficulties in Africa, we have no voice, our husbands speak for us,” she continues. “My role is to speak directly with women through my songs, giving them an example and showing them that they can make their own decisions,” she adds.

Oumou Sangaré will present her latest album, Mogoya along with some of her classics.

Elemotho Gaalelekwe, the new sound of the Kalahari

Elemotho Gaalelekwe – Photo by Silvia Sala

Namibian musician Elemotho Gaalelekwe acknowledges that his songs are inspired by life, family, childhood in the Kalahari, pain or tribulations, because music is also everywhere, in the songs of birds or in the struggle for survival in the wilderness. He defines himself as a modern nomad influenced by the stories of his grandmother – perhaps the most important person in his life – and by the traditional music Setswana, as well as South African pop and the sounds of Zimbabwe, reggae, jazz, rock and R & B.

Elemotho Gaalelekwe will present his fourth studio album, Beautiful World, which he says is like the soundtrack of a new dawn: positive, hopeful, free and optimistic. In Spain he has collaborated with Los Delinqüentes and the duo Fetén Fetén. Two of his songs, La vida and Neo, appear in the 2nd season of Grace & Frankie of Netflix.

American band Red Baraat combines bhangra, funk and hip hop. Spanish band Papaya features Yanara Espinoza, Miguel Aguas and Sebastián Litmanovich. They perform pop with exotic rhythms and party sounds.

More information: womad.org/festival/womad-caceres/

headline photo: Oumou Sangaré by Benoit Peverelli


Oumou Sangaré to Perform at Celtic Connections 2018

Oumou Sangare – Photo by Benoit Peverelli


Acclaimed Malian vocalist Oumou Sangaré is set to perform at Celtic connections festival on January 30, 2018.

Sangaré returned from an 8-year recording respite in 2017 when she released her album Mogoya. The new album includes French production trio A.l.b.e.r.t. and celebrated Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. Mogoya combines traditional Wassulu roots with vibrant rock, funk, soul, and dance beats.


Oumou Sangaré – Mogoya


Oumou Sangaré and Solo & Indrė
Tuesday. January 30
7:30 p.m.
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
More information at /www.celticconnections.com


WOMEX 2017 Came to a Close in Katowice Today

Oumou Sangaré receives the WOMEX 2017 Artist Award from Bintou Simporé – Photo by Yannis Psathas

World Music Expo WOMEX 2017 concluded today, Sunday, October 29, with a performance by Malian singer Oumou Sangaré, who received this year’s WOMEX Artist Award. The concert was part of a closing ceremony in Katowice’s grand concert hall NOSPR that also honored WOMEX 2017 Award winners Petr Dorůžka (Professional Excellence Award) and Glitterbeat (WOMEX Label Award).

Attendance this year encompassed 2600 professionals (including 303 performing artists) from 90 countries representing 1400 companies.

WOMEX 2018 will take place October 24 – 28 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.


Malian Vocalist Oumou Sangaré to be Presented 2017 WOMEX Artist Award

Oumou Sangare – Photo by Ed Alcock

Malian vocalist and advocate Oumou Sangaré is the winner of the WOMEX 2017 Artist Award. The acclaimed singer will perform as part of the Showcase Festival and Professionals’ Meeting in Katowice, Poland this October.

This award is for all African women and people from all of Africa. They are the ones who have encouraged me to keep singing and writing songs. I am so glad and honored to receive this award from WOMEX, one of the festivals that always believed in my music, and this is really the icing on the cake of my career. Thank you!” Oumou Sangaré, August 2017

The award honors Oumou Sangaré’s dedication to activism and advocacy for the underprivileged in Mali and abroad, her innovative changes to Wassulu music and her longevity as an internationally-cherished star.


Thrilling Oumou Sangaré with a Modern Twist

Oumou Sangaré – Mogoya (No Format!, 2017)

After nearly 10 years since she recorded her last album, the great world music star Oumou Sangaré has a new album titled Mogoya. Oumou is Mali’s finest female and a leading figure in African and world music. She’s also a songwriter who writes most of her material.

Mogoya is a fabulous recording that combines Malian tradition with western trip hop modernity along with some good humor.

Oumou invited trailblazing Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, one of the pioneers of Afrobeat, who adds his memorable signature drum style on “Yere Faga,” a song that provides support to individuals suffering from depression.



The lineup includes Oumou Sangaré on vocals; Toni Allen on drums; Kandy Guira on backing vocals; Guimba Kouyaté on guitar; Benogo Diakité on kamele ngoni; and French production collective A.L.B.E.R.T. (Vincent Taurelle, Ludovic Bruni and Vincent Taeger), who added cutting edge electronic keyboards and other instruments tastefully.



Mogoya is an excellent, beautifully-crafted album by Oumou Sangaré, one of the greatest vocalists in Africa. It was well worth the wait.

Buy Mogoya

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Oumou Sangaré at the Top of the June 2017 Transglobal World Music Chart

Mogoya (Nø Førmat), the new recording by Malian world music star Oumou Sangaré is the number 1 album this month at the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Oumou Sangaré combines tradition with modernity by using Malian instruments such as the kamele n’goni (harp), karignan (metal scraper) and calabash mixed with electric guitar, bass, keyboards and synthesizres. Afrobeat legend, drummer Tony Allen is one of the guests featured in Mogoya.

For a complete list go to www.transglobalwmc.com


Strange Fruit Expressions

Fabrizio Cassol – Strange Fruit (Outhere Music/Instinct Collection, 2017)

Strange Fruit is a cross-genre project developed by Belgian saxophonist and composer Fabrizio Cassol, who has a background in classical and jazz music. Strange Fruit, however, is definitely much closer to world music. The album features one of the stars of Malian music, Oumou Sangare, as well as other well-known vocalists.

Throughout Strange Fruit, Fabrizio Cassol and his collaborators travel through various musical genres. The album opens with a fabulous rhythmic piece titled” Didadi Horns” featuring the vocals and spectacular tamani (talking drums) of Baba Sissoko and the equally remarkable sound of the soku one-string Wassulu fiddle. This piece also features electric guitar and bass along with a powerful jazz brass section that brings it close to Afrobeat.

Oumou Sangare appears on track 2, “Soukora” joined by La Choraline Choir, superb ethereal electric guitar by Manu Codjia, Babao Sissoko’s ngoni along with Fabrizio Cassol’s reverberating saxophone and more of the soku fiddle.



The pace changes drastically on track 3, “Strange Fruit,” featuring soprano Claron McFadden accompanied by Eric Legnini on piano. It has an African American spiritual flavor.

Another unexpected turn appears on track 4, “Strange Fruits,” that features La Choraline Choir mixing Bach and Billy Holiday. On “Strange Fruits,” classical, jazz, and Malian sounds come together. Electric bassist Michel Hatzigeorgiou gets an opportunity to showcase his talent on this track.

Track 5, “If Jesus” has a folk-blues feel. It features American soprano Melissa Givens accompanied by Hammond organ and an electric band.

“I Can’t Sleep Tonight” features the soulful vocals of Marie Daulne (Zap Mama) along with La Choraline Choir. This song has some of the finest vocal interactions in the album.

The spiritual side of the album return on “Sehet Jesus”, track 7, featuring a jazz combo accompanying the remarkable vocals of Claron McFadden.

Oumou Sangare’s unmistakable vocals return on track 8, “On Les enfants de la rue” , a funk jazz piece that also features La Choraline.

Track 9, “Choeurs Pygmees” is a great a cappella vocal piece partially inspired by pygmy vocals, featuring remarkable interplay between Marie Daulne and Kezia Daulne along with La Choraline.

“Some Days: (track 10) is the longest composition on the album. This jazz song features Belgian male vocalist David Linx and Claron McFadden. Near the end, this piece turns quite adventurous venturing into exciting jazz-rock territory.

With track 11, “Farka” the album’s vibe turns back to world music led by Diely Moussa Kouyaté’s beautiful guitar, Magic Malik’s flute and Baba Sissoko’s vocals supported by a meaty brass section.



The album concludes with a laid back acoustic Malian piece featuring Diely Moussa Kouyaté’s acoustic guitar and something that sounds like a kora although it doesn’t appear in the credits.

This album came out originally on the Blue Note label in 2012.

Strange Fruit is an impressive, beautifully-arranged album that brings together a multi-ethnic cast of talented jazz, classical, spiritual and world music artists.

Buy Strange Fruit


World Circuit Reissues ‘Moussolou’ by Oumou Sangaré

World Circuit Records has released the classic album ‘Moussolou‘ by Malian world music star Oumou Sangaré.

Originally released by World Circuit in 1991 the critically acclaimed album has been re-issued on deluxe 180 gram heavyweight vinyl together with a beautiful 10 page booklet and download card. The CD is enclosed in a ‘hardback’ style case with a 32 page booklet.

In February 1989 Oumou Sangaré, a twenty one year old singer from Bamako, Mali, travelled to the JBZ studio in Abidjan, Ivory Coast to record her debut cassette. The album came out the following year and caused a sensation, selling hundreds of thousands of copies.

Oumou will be touring as part of the Les Amazones D’afrique tour this summer:

June 29, 2016 – Festival Métis – Saint-Denis
August 5, 2016 – Festival du Bout du Monde – Brest