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Oumou Sangare: Mogoya — ‘object lesson’

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Oumou Sangare returns from taking a long break from music to spend more time with her business interests.

Mogoya is an object lesson in how to update the West African sound with subtly accretive electronica: it gets right, in fact, everything that Les Amazones D’Afrique got wrong.

Sangare rails against ingratitude, injustice and malicious gossip to a background of funk beats, effortless drumming from Tony Allen on “Yere Faga”, chattering, metallic ngoni and calabash, with the tiniest of touches from the dual production team A.L.B.E.R.T. and Andreas Unge.