Oumou Sangaré shares video for new single, ‘Kamelemba’

Oumou Sangaré is sharing the video for her new single, ‘Kamelemba’ which is premiering over at Nowness, watch it here.

Set in Paris’ 13th arrondissement, the slick, all female Afro-futurist video shot by Chris Saunders (also behind Oumou’s recent Yere Faga video) references Congolese ‘La Sape’ dandy culture in a deliberately non-gender, European setting. Bold, precise performances by the female dancers of the Swaggers Group form a retort to the mistreatment of women by the titular womanisers of ‘“Kamelemba’, which Oumou outs in her lyrics.

Speaking about the track, Oumou says; “It’s about men who show off, who bring women down, about women who fall badly in love. I wrote that song to give advice to our sisters to be careful, because there are loads of kamelemba out there’. Oumou also explains that the lyrics are meant with a good deal of humour, ‘we do a lot of teasing in African music. We tease each other, but it isn’t malicious. These are messages we need to get across, but they’re not really mean. I accuse men, but some say, ‘women are like that too!’’

Oumou recently released her album Mogoya via Nø Førmat, featuring the Fela Kuti drummer and Afrobeat founder, Tony Allen – this is her first material in 8 years. Mogoya (which translates to ‘People Today) is co-produced by the French team A.l.b.e.r.t (Air, Beck, Franz Ferdinand).

Following the release of her recent album, Oumou will be performing a string of festival dates of the course of this summer, see below for the full list of dates.


A refreshingly short, focused piece of work The Observer

Sangaré rocks in her own way and nothing is going to change that **** MOJO

Sangaré sounds energised by the new production context The Wire

Colourfully invigorating The Fader

Proves that a catchy melody is still one of the best vessels for received wisdom Pitchfork

Oumou offers loose grooves Dazed & Confused

Magical…an album that deserves a hearing beyond the world music faithful **** The Times

Another infectious single with a deep groove Pigeons & Planes


25 June | West Holt Stage, Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm

16 July |  Citadel Festival, London

28 July | Womad, Wiltshire

24-27 August | Shambala, Northamptonshire

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