Oumou Sangare


  • World Circuit

Sangare works in Mali's Wassoulou songster style, based on hunting songs with fierce, stark rhythms and telling fables of love, wisdom and life in the community. With her pro-woman bent, Sangare's songs can suggest a proud crusade or a luscious dream, always colored with her swirling voice and flashes of dark, fatalist philosophy. Her fourth recording is confident and impeccable, with some understated help from a three-man horn section led by saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis of the James Brown band. The final two numbers, though they deliver grim messages about death and “a selfish world,” are profoundly uplifting when presented in Sangare's peerless, slow-rolling declarations.
— Milo Miles