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Track Listing

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1.01Ah Ndiya4:32
1.03Mogo Te Diya Bee Ye4:11
1.05Dugu Kamalemba6:09
1.06Saa Magni7:19
1.07Woula Bara Diagna5:04
1.08Yala (listen to full-length track)4:08
1.09Djorolen (remix)4:22
2.02Diaraby Nene5:17
2.03Sigi Kuruni6:10
2.04Ne Bi Fe4:21
2.06Kayi Ni Wura5:36

News & Reviews

  • 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

“Her voice is an otherworldly thrill; to the untrained ear, Sangare’s Wassoulou melodies have an almost Asian quality. When she lets fly one of her serpentine, earth-shattering phrases, you can almost hear the continents quake.” —The New Yorker

Compiled by the BBC’s Charlie Gillett and World Circuit’s Nick Gold, this two-CD collection from Malian singer Oumou Sangare contains eight new songs never before released on CD along with a career retrospective of 12 tracks from her previous three critically acclaimed albums. Each song has been digitally re-mastered, and the special CD booklet contains song notes written by Sangare.

Drawing deep from a wealth of musical traditions from Southern Mali, Sangare’s idiom is the hypnotically rhythmic home grown Wassoulou that has become her trademark. Her lyrics talk about the concerns of everyday life in contemporary Mali—especially the problems that women face on a daily basis. Her songs talk openly about a diverse range of subjects that previously would have been considered taboo in West African society, such as female sensuality or the problems of polygamy.


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

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