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05/12/2017
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World: Oumou Sangaré: Mogoya

Oumou Sangaré, one of Africa’s great voices, once said that her whole career was fired by the anger at how her father had treated her mother. When Oumou was two years old, he quit the family home in Mali and moved to Ivory Coast with a new wife. The star has sung about the injustices of a traditional, patriarchal society throughout her career. On Mogoya she rails against the fickleness of playboy men and explores the despair that can lead to suicide and the illusory hopes that send Malians to dead-end work in Europe. That said, these are tunes you can dance to.