NEW ALBUM: ‘MOGOYA’ (Nø Førmat!)
19th May 2017
Live date: Scala, London, 16th May 2017
New single: ‘Yere Faga’ out 3rd February 2017
“Here Faga”’ The Fader
The wait is finally over. The greatest living female voice in African music, Oumou Sangaré, releases a new album on a new record label with an all-new production team and a wonderful new set of songs. Mogoya (meaning “people today”) is released on Nø Førmat! on 19th May 2017.
The first single, ‘Yere Faga’, is out on all digital platforms on 3rd February, featuring Tony Allen on drums. Oumou will perform her first UK concert with her own band since 2011 at the Scala, London, on 16th May. Tickets for the show are on sale now, available via See Tickets:http://www.seetickets.com/event/oumou-sangare/scala/1065092
The power of Oumou’s voice and the potency of her message remain as strong as ever and, while her sound is rooted deep in the continuity of Malian tradition, Mogoya has a strong new sound. Co-produced by Andreas Unge in Stockholm and by the French production collective A.l.b.e.r.t. (who have worked with among others Air, Tony Allen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beck, Franz Ferdinand) in Paris, it draws on a rich musical heritage whilst also looking to the future.
“We wanted to emphasise the raw power of Oumou’s voice and songs. We wanted to find a new modernity” says co-producer Ludovic Bruni, one of the three members of A.l.b.e.r.t. with Vincent Taurelle and Vincent Taeger.
On the album, traditional African instruments – the camel n’toni (harp), karignan (metal scraper) and calabash percussion – are augmented by electric guitar, bass, keyboards and synths with Tony Allen on drums. As Oumou puts it, “This time round I wanted to go for more of a modern sound, to satisfy young people in Mali but being careful, all the while, to respect my culture and tradition”.
The songs describe what Oumou knows best – human relationships. She addresses difficult topics with incredible frankness – jealousy, ingratitude and betrayal – never afraid to sing about the day-to-day problems faced by African society, particularly women.
Oumou has a high international profile, touring all over the world, collaborating with artists such as Alicia Keys, Tracy Chapman, Bela Fleck and Dee Dee Bridgewater and featuring on the soundtrack of Toni Morrison’s Beloved. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation and has three businesses in Mali – a range of SUVs called ‘Oum-Sang’, a hotel in Bamako and ‘Oumou Sangaré Rice’, grown in her own fields.
She has released five albums on the World Circuit label: Moussolou, meaning “women” (1990),
Ko Sira (1993), Worotan (1996), Oumou (2003) and Seya (2009).
Music is at the absolute centre of Oumou’s life: “without it I’m nothing and nothing can take it from me” and Mogoya represents an exciting new chapter in her career – something which she approaches with a mixture of boldness, humility and confidence.
“It was new for me because my music has never had this kind of arrangement and sound before. I’ve been totally in the tradition for years now so to get out of that and have a look around elsewhere was a total pleasure,” Oumou Sangaré.
‘YERE FAGA’ ON SOUNDCLOUD, PLEASE SHARE:
‘YERE FAGA’ DOWNLOAD AND STREAMING + ‘MOGOYA’ PRE-ORDER LINKS: