Oumou Sangare - Mogoya (No Format)

It had already been eight years since Oumou Sangare, the nightingale of Wassoulou, pleased her fans another with a new album. For 'Mogoya' (roughly translated: "nowadays people") she takes a fresh start: the trusted World Circuit label is in the past, and this new album is released on the smaller No Format label from France. 'Mogoya' was recorded between Stockholm and Paris, with respectively Andreas Unge and the French production team A.L.B.E.R.T. (Vincent Taurelle, Ludovic Bruni and Vincent Taeger) behind the buttons. Asked about the album, the Malian singer replied: "This time around I wanted to go for a more modern sound, to satisfy the youth but being careful, all the while, to respect my culture and my tradition.". In the songs on 'Mogoya', Oumou delves into a variety of subjects: in 'Yere Faga' feat. Tony Allen she breaks the taboo surrounding suicide, 'Minata Wataba' ('Minata the lioness'), is in fact an ode to Oumou's mother, but is also about the courage and resilience mothers often display, in 'Fadjamou', she talks about the importance of family names in West African culture, 'Mali Niale' is an ode to her homeland, in which she also encourages Malians in the diaspora to return home, and in 'Kamelemba' she sternly condemns the behavior of men who think cheating on their wives is the most normal thing in the world. The African diva is clearly far from done and with 'Mogoya' experiences her second youth!


Added: May 8, 2017