Ko Sira

Ko Sira

by Oumou Sangare

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Ko Sira

Hailing from Mali, the mighty Oumou Sangare first rocked the African pop world with 1991's seminal Moussolou; as in the case of that debut, America had to wait several years before getting its hands on this sinewy follow-up, Ko Sira. Sangare soars again, championing the community-minded wassoulou music of her native country with all the soul muscle of Aretha Franklin and the maternal benevolence of Mercedes Sosa. Her poignant parables about the lives of women in male-dominated Africa could hardly come across with more potency, spun over sparse stretches of violin, flute, steel-string guitar, and bass that recall the entrancing spells of countryman Ali Farka Toure. "Kayini Wura" shakes the rafters with an homage to a local patron and guardian spirits sung over punchy rounds of string work. The messages grow devastatingly keen from there; "Sigi Kuruni" ("Advice to a New Bride") speaks of the social limitations and tribulations known to young brides, while "Dugu Kamelemba" calls out the trickery of womanizers and "Bi Furu" denounces the reduction of marriage to dowries and loose ties. But make no mistake: A battleaxe Oumou is not, but rather, an Everywoman's diva with all the charm of an international star and the heart of a peace activist.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2000
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597957624
catalogNumber: 79576

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oumou Sangare   Primary Artist,Vocals
Colin Bass   Bass
Brehima Diakite   Kamalngoni
Nabintou Diakite   Vocals
Boubacar Diallo   Guitar
Massambou Wele Diallo   Percussion
Alou Ouattara   Bass
Eddie Parker   Flute
Ibrahima Sarr   Djembe
Alima Toure   Vocals
Aliou Traore   Violin
Nana Tsiboe   Percussion

Technical Credits

Oumou Sangare   Composer
Brehima Diakite   Contributor
Massambou Wele Diallo   Producer,Percussion Arrangement
Nick Gold   Producer
John Hadden   Engineer
Ibrahima Sarr   Contributor
Terri White   translation
Ossie Krieke   Engineer

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