Magazine article New Internationalist

Seya

Magazine article New Internationalist

Seya

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Seya

by Oumou Sangare World Circuit WCD081 CD)

Seya means 'joy' in Oumou Sangare's native Soninké, and the Malian superstar knows exactly what joy isn't. It's not, according to Seya's opening song, 'Sounsomba', despising women; or 'WeIe WeIe Wintou', forced marriage; it is not, according to 'Mogo KeIe', about leaving the world no legacy; nor, according to 'Sukunyali', about damning immigrants. And it's definitely not female genital mutilation. Oumou Sangare has much to say and the verve to deliver.

In the six years since Sangare's début album, Moussoulou, the singer has capitalized on a sound that has always incorporated a funk-tinged drive. (When not in the studio or being a UN ambassador, Sangare is busy running - and singing - at her own Hotel Wassulu in Bamako.) Accompanied by a wide range of sound for this latest outing - jazzy horns, strings and the kamele ngoni (harp) played by trusty sidekick Benego Diakite - Seya is an album that simply flows. …

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