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Album Review

A strong set of all-original material that has its cake and eats it too. With unobtrusive electric guitar and bass blending in with more traditional instruments like flute and djembe, it's both more accessible to modern audiences than traditional African instrumentation, and not as pop- and dance-oriented as much contemporary African music. The focus remains on Sangare's gliding singing (thickened by a couple of female backup singers) and the music's looping (but not laid-back) grooves.

Customer Reviews

This is a great reissue

This is reissue of a record that was released in the early 90's but it is fabulous. Tremendous vibe and a great sound. She is a beautiful singer with great fluidity of rhythm, pitch and vocal control. The grooves are au natural with acoustic instruments and have a great feel.

Mr.

Traditional music, very inspirational and sensational.

Biography

Born: 1968 in Bamako, Mali

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

In 1990, Wassoulou singer Sangare became a superstar in West Africa with Moussolou, which sold an astonishing 250,000 copies (many more were likely pirated). She received much of her attention for writing and singing lyrics that specifically addressed concerns of women in modern West African society, such as the conflict between marriage and personal freedom; not a shocking subject in the Western world, perhaps, but a pioneering one for the popular music of the region. Western listeners who can't...
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