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Omou Sangaré + Sara Tavares

Omou Sangaré + Sara Tavares
LONDON  •  Barbican Hall  •  Ongoing

Oumou Sangare is not just the possessor of one of Mali’s greatest female voices; she is a taboo-busting protest singer who applies her huge musical gifts to defying tradition in matters of polygamy and women’s rights and roles. She calls herself Sangare kono – ‘Sangare the songbird’ - a term which in Mali is the special privilege of musicians who come from the southern region known as Wasulu, and who use music to comment on life as it is really lived. Born in Bamako, she sold 200,000 cassettes of her first release at just 21 years old and more recently has duetted with stars such as Alicia Keys, Me'Shell Ndégéocello, and Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour.

Her new CD Seya (Joy) on World Circuit is her first album in six years and sees her attain a new level of sophistication, maturity and variety, all underpinned by her trademark funk-driven Wasulu sound. As with her previous albums all the songs on Seya were written by Sangare. Recording largely in Bamako, she enlisted the Malian arranger and producer Cheikh Tidiane Seck to help her push the boundaries of Wassoulou music with an enlarged musical palette. This is African music made in Africa for Africans – but with an irresistible appeal for an international audience.

Influenced by gospel, funk and soul as a child, stunning vocalist Sara Tavares naturally gravitated towards a musical career. At 16, she won two of Portugal’s national song contests, which led to her representing her country in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. In 1999 she recorded her debut album Mi Ma Bô with producer Lokua Kanza, combining African rhythms and a pop feel. Her second album Balancê (2006), for which she drew on her family’s Cape Verdean roots, won her a wide audience and led to tours of Europe, North America and Japan.

Barbican Centre Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
Tel: (44) 020 7638 4141

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