OUMOU SANGARÉ: THE VOICE OF FEMINISM IN WEST AFRICA

Sangaré's contributions to music and activism have been widely recognized. She has received numerous awards and honors, including the UNESCO Prize for Peace and Tolerance in 2001 and the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 2020 for her album "Mogoya." Sangaré continues to tour and perform around the world, using her voice to inspire change and promote social justice.
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Oumou Sangaré is a renowned Malian singer, songwriter, and activist. She was born on February 25, 1968, in Bamako, the capital city of Mali. Sangaré comes from a family of griots, who are traditional West African musicians and storytellers.

Sangaré’s musical journey began at a young age when she started singing in her mother’s restaurant. Her talent was quickly recognized, and at the age of 16, she was invited to perform at the prestigious Festival of Mali. This performance caught the attention of record producer Ibrahima Sylla, who signed her to his label, World Circuit.

In 1989, Sangaré released her debut album, « Moussolou, » which gained international recognition and established her as a rising star in African music. The album addressed issues such as gender inequality, polygamy, and arranged marriages, which were considered taboo topics in Malian society. Sangaré’s powerful voice and socially conscious lyrics resonated with audiences, and she became known as the « Songbird of Wassoulou. »

Throughout her career, Sangaré has released several successful albums, including « Ko Sira » (1993), « Worotan » (1996), and « Seya » (2009). Her music combines traditional Malian sounds with contemporary influences, creating a unique blend that appeals to a global audience. Sangaré’s songs often address social issues faced by women in Mali and Africa as a whole, advocating for women’s rights and empowerment.

In addition to her musical achievements, Sangaré is also known for her activism. She has been involved in various philanthropic projects, particularly focusing on education and healthcare in Mali. Sangaré is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and has used her platform to raise awareness about issues such as poverty, hunger, and sustainable development.

Sangaré’s contributions to music and activism have been widely recognized. She has received numerous awards and honors, including the UNESCO Prize for Peace and Tolerance in 2001 and the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 2020 for her album « Mogoya. » Sangaré continues to tour and perform around the world, using her voice to inspire change and promote social justice.

Delia Nyadi

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