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    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.

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

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Sunday, October 1, 2000 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79576

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
100
280
Sunday, October 1, 2000 (All day)
0
0
Artist Name: 
Oumou Sangare
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597957624BUN
Price: 
0.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
603497124961
Price: 
8.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

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.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

Voted European World Music album of the year in 1993, Ko Sira follows Sangare’s 1989 debut, Moussolou. It reveals a body of work that’s something of a revolution in its mix of traditional and modern musical styles with contemporary lyrics, while always maintaining a sense of African tradition.

FormatRestrictions: 

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