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Two West African Legends Collaborate On Mesmerizing New Single

Oumou Sangare is generally considered to be one of the greatest female singers in Mali – which is high praise, given the level of music-making in that country. Tony Allen was Fela Kuti’s drummer, the not-so-secret weapon behind his trance-y, kinetic music. Now, Allen joins Sangare on her new single called “Yere Faga,” from her forthcoming album Mogoya (“People Today”). It’s Sangare’s first full album of new songs in 8 years, so it’s a welcome return to begin with, but with the French production group called A.L.B.E.R.T. providing the song’s hypnotic bassline and Tony Allen offering one of his distinctive grooves, “Yere Faga” will have Afropop fans counting the days till the album’s May 19 release date.