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Ko Sira

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  • Watch: Fatoumata Diawara Gathers Malian Artists As Voices United for Mali to Record Song for Peace

    In response to the current situation in Mali, Fatoumata Diawara has gathered together over 40 of Mali’s most renowned musicians in a studio in Bamako to record a song and video calling for peace titled "Mali-ko" (Peace / La Paix). Known collectively as Voices United for Mali, the group includes Amadou & Mariam, Oumou Sangare, Toumani Diabate, Afel Bocoum, Bassekou Kouyate, Vieux Farka Toure, and others. Watch the video and read the lyrics and their translation here.

  • Emmylou Harris, Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara, Oumou Sangare Support "Half the Sky" With Free Downloads

    Emmylou Harris, Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara, and Oumou Sangare are participating in 30 songs / 30 days, in which female musicians from around the world have come together to support the Half the Sky movement. Through the 30 songs / 30 days project, one song per day is available to download for the month of September and leading up to the October 1 & 2 premiere of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a four-hour PBS documentary inspired by the widely acclaimed book of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. 

About this Album

In the fall of 2000, World Circuit / Nonesuch re-released Oumou Sangare’s 1993 recording Ko Sira, which had not been available domestically in recent years.

Sangare has often been described as representing the changing face of young Africa. Her “remarkably emotive voice..." (New York Times) rings out again on Ko Sira, Sangare’s second recorded album following her 1989 debut Moussolou. The release joins the 1996 release Worotan, revealing a body of work that represents something of a revolution in its use of traditional and modern musical styles alongside contemporary lyrics, while always maintaining a sense of African tradition. Sangare’s Ko Sira was voted European World Music album of the Year in 1993.

Originating from Wassoulou, an area in Southern Mali, Sangare’s music draws from an ancient tradition of hunting rituals mixed with songs about devotion, praise, and harvest, yet her lyrics invoke the challenges faced in Africa today, and deal often with the issues of women’s modernity in Africa. Combining traditional Wassoulou instruments with electric bass and guitar, she melds sounds of old and new.


This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.

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