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Editors’ Notes

There's nothing humble about Oumou Sangaré's brassy, authoritative voice, or her outspoken lyrics taking a hard look at social traditions affecting women in her native Mali. The title track, roughly translated as "Marriage Today," is a gentle but no-nonsense demand for social equality between husband and wife. The music is mostly acoustic, with violin and harp taking precedence over electric guitar, and light percussion replacing drums. But the joyous, all-female call-and-response vocals of tracks like "Saa Magni" provide a powerful, modern message of sisterhood.

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.


Traditional music, very inspirational and sensational.


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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