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Oumou Sangaré: Cambridge International Arts Festival

Thursday 2 July 2020
Cambridge Corn Exchange - CB2 3QE
Stylish, elegant, feisty and charismatic with a soulful, soaring voice, Sangaré has become an emblem for African womanhood.

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It’s eight years since Oumou Sangaré last released an album of new material and much has changed since we last heard from the greatest living female voice in African music. 
 
The power of her voice and the potency of her message remain inviolable but with a new label, an all-new production team and a vital new set of songs, her latest album Mogoya (it translates roughly as
‘people today’) represents an exciting new chapter in Oumou Sangaré’s storied career.
 
Mogoya sounds and feels like a career defining moment, the rich fruit of hard-won experience over a life spent confronting prejudice and obstacles - and triumphing over them.
 
She has campaigned fearlessly to improve the position of women in Mali and to oppose polygamy, child marriage and a system that defines a ‘good wife’ as a submissive woman.
 
‘Ever since I was a kid, I promised myself that one day I will scream about this problem to the whole world,’ she says.
 
★★★★★ “Sangaré tackles the most startling themes in the sweetest tones - even as she tears up the stage” The Guardian
 
★★★★★ “The artist rails against ingratitude, injustice and malicious gossip to a background of funk beats” Financial Times
 
Support from Nubiyan Twist 
 
A blend of virtuosic players, skilled producers and inspired composers join forces to create a unique, infectious sound drawing on jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, latin, soul, reggae and dance music.

“A beautiful blend of groovy dub with uplifting horns and soulful vocals – The Guardian

“Their second album recognises no borders.” – Mojo

Orchestrated by guitarist/producer Tom Excell, the epic 10 piece live show features a 4 piece horn section, 3 vocalists, electronics and an international (Brazil/UK) rhythm section to create a powerful and unforgettable experience equally at home lighting up late-night festival headliner slots or selling out jazz venues across Europe.

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