Oumou Sangare

Born to singer Aminata Diakité, Oumou Sangare is a Malian musician known as "The Songbird of Wassoulou.” She writes and composes her songs to bring about social awareness, especially concerning the place of women within society. Since 1990, she has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world: the Melbourne Opera, Roskilde festival, Festival d'Essaouira and Opéra de la Monnaie of Brussels. Her 1989 album Moussoulou was an unprecedented West African hit and she has toured with artists such as Baaba Maal, Femi Kuti, and Boukman Eksperyans. Seya (Joy) is Sangare’s first album in six years and for her appearance at Central Park SummerStage she will be performing new songs joined by some very special guests.

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