“SANGARE KONO” – OUMOU SANGARE, THE SONGBIRD OF WASSOULOU
“Sangare kono” – “Sangare the songbird” – this is how Oumou Sangare, Mali’s great diva, champion of women’s rights, and one of the world’s most astounding female voices, describes herself when she sings her powerful songs that strike deep in the heart.
In Mali, to call oneself a “songbird” is a special privilege of musicians who come from the southern region known as Wasulu*. A “songbird” (kono) uses musi
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