Oumou Sangaré is a more than sweetly-voiced, socially-engaged Malian singer. The girl that once sold water on the streets of Bamako, has now had a very successful artistic and business career.
On her new album Timbuktu, Sangaré intertwines lute, dobro, banjo, electric guitar and subtle synths. She can count Alicia Keys and Beyoncé amongst her fans and so are we. We have the honour to welcome this grande, benevolent lady with her 'acoustic tour' on Tuesday, June 14th.
The press on 'Timbuktu', the new album by Oumou Sangaré:
- Music that is in every way sacred. Black diamond guaranteed. – Le Vif/L’Express Focus
- Sangaré still denounces abuses in her motherland, but understanding Bambara is not a prerequisite for falling for her touching voice, which is fuelled by empathy and intransigence. – Focus Knack
- By calling her new album Timbuktu, the great Malian singer invariably refers to the famous Talking Timbuktu by Ali Farka Touré and Ry Cooder, released in 1994 on the same World Circuit label with which she is renewing her relationship. – Le Soir
- Oumou Sangaré: Timbuktu review – sweet and tender sorrows – The Guardian