Oumou Sangare was born in 1968 in
Sangare began her music career at the tender age of five whilst accompanying her mother to events and celebrations.In her late teens Sangare toured Europe and the Caribbean with a 27-piece folkloric troupe, and at 21 she already had a huge hit in the album, Moussoulou (means “women”) which sold over 200,00 legal copies and many more in the illegal pirate cassette trade.
"Oumou Sangare captivates her audience not only because of her inherent talent, but because she bridges the divide between traditional
Sangare most often sings about about love and the importance of freedom of choice in marriage, an issue she feels strongly about because her father had two wives which Sangare thought was a “catastrophe.” At the age of two when Sangare's mother was pregnant her father took off to Ivory Coast with another woman leaving her mother and her three siblings to fend for themselves.
“With my music, I can spread the word, and I know I am strong enough for the battle. I know that we , the women of
A rebel for women’s causes, Sangaré challenges long-standing practices of arranged marriages and polygamy.
“Polygamy is false, it is dishonest, and it is not a happy situation for the woman. Polygamy is the suffering of the woman. I was born at a unique moment in
Oumou explained her experience while in
Musically, Sangare sticks to her roots, rejecting electronic instruments and limiting her sound to kamele ngoni, djembe drum, violin, flute, guitar, bass, the scraped, metallic karagnan and her own heart-tugging voice.
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