Oumou Sangaré

Grammy-winner Oumou’s new album, Mogoya will be released on May 19 – ahead of then, Sangaré is trailing the announcement with this new single ‘Yere Faga’ which features the drumming of her collaborator, Afrobeat found and Fela Kuti’s Musical Director, Tony Allen. The track is streaming via the Fader below.

Her first material in 8 years, ‘Mogoya’ (which​ roughly​ translates as ‘People Today’) is something of a sea-change for Oumou. Co-produced by crack French team A.l.b.e.r.t. (Air, Beck​, Franz Ferdinand​), it finds Oumou also relocating for the first time from her previous label home World Circuit, to French indie Nø Førmat! (home to Blick Bassy, ALA.NI). The sparing production ​from A.l.b.e.r.t. ​across ‘Mogoya’ gives the impression of an artist establishing a new​, distinctly modern​ sound from scratch- an incredible 28 years after Sangaré sold 200,000 copies of her much-praised debut, ‘Moussolou’​​​​ (which translates quite simply as ‘Women’​). ​

Listen to ‘Yere Faga’: http://www.thefader.com/2017/02/02/oumou-sangare-yere-faga-tony-allen​