Tuesday, January 15, 2013
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Oumou Sangare
Oumou Sangare is a huge star in her native Mali. She is known as the Songbird of Wassoulou. Her music is a mix of traditional Malian sounds and contemporary rhythms. And she has a Grammy. She was born Feb. 25, 1968 in Bamako, Mali. Her mother is singer Animata Diakite. Her father abandoned the family so she sang at a very early age. At age 16 Oumou toured with the group Djoliba. She recorded her first album Moussoulou in 1990. It sold well and got the attention of Mali music legend Ali Farka Toure. He contacted Nick Gold and Oumou signed with his World Circuit label with distribution from Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Sounsoumba is from her 2009 CD Seya which as I said is a mix of Mali music and contemporary funk. Hell, Fred Wesley is on this album. Oumou won a Grammy for her guest vocal on Herbie Hancock's 2010 CD The Imagine Project. And Seya was nominated for a Grammy. If she sang in English, she would be a huge worldwide star. At home, she marketed a car manufactured in China and she owns a hotel. She is also a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Her cousin is actor Omar Sangare. Here's Oumou Sangare performing Sounsoumba on Later with Jools Holland 2009.