Oumou Sangaré (ML)
Mogoya, the long-awaited release (2017) highlighted the return of Malian Oumou Sangaré, a truly great female voice in African music. Remixes by artists such as Sampha, St Germain, Malik Djoudi followed and Beyoncé sampled one of her tunes. Deep song material which motivated her record label to re-release the album as part of an entirely acoustic setup. Inspired by a successful performance to celebrate her label’s anniversary, the album was recorded in an organic live environment and with practically no technical support nor effects. « The space this created for her voice was just wonderful, an almost naked voice, no distractions, a counterweight to her charged exceptional success. » At the forefront of the struggle for the liberation of the African women, stylish, elegant, feisty, and charismatic with a soulful, soaring voice, Oumou has become an emblem for African womanhood and makes a striking role model. A triumphal return of a great African diva from the grammy awarded « Songbird of Wassoulou ».