INTL: Grammy Award-winning superstar Oumou Sangaré tours Europe after radio breakthrough
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Grammy Award-winning Malian global superstar and feminist icon Oumou Sangaré is embarking on a much-anticipated European tour after ‘Wassalu Don’, the lead single from her latest album, Timbuktu, made a breakthrough playlisting on BBC 6Music.
The tour begins in Belgium on June 14 and takes in dates in the UK, France and Poland.
Oumou Sangaré, signed to BMG label World Circuit, is renowned worldwide for her vibrant and powerful music, which often features revolutionary messages about women’s rights, tradition and poverty.
With a career spanning over 30 years, Sangaré has won numerous awards and counts among her many notable fans Alicia Keys, Aya Nakamura, and Beyoncé who sampled Sangaré’s classic ‘Diaraby Nene’ for her 2019 The Lion King release, ‘Mood 4 Eva’.
Her latest album, Timbuktu, is a stunning collection of songs written and recorded in the US during the coronavirus lockdown. The songs fuse Sangaré’s distinctive Malian sound and voice with elements of blues, folk and rock – resulting in a timeless body of work, free from borders and genres.
‘Wassulu Don’ launched on International Women’s Day and it’s genre-bending sound propelled it on to the playlist at 6Music, best-known for alternative rock. “
Didier Dehauteur, VP Marketing, said, “Oumou’s success is a classic example of how historic barriers of genre and geography can melt away in the streaming age. Great music is great music wherever it comes from.”
June 1, 2022 12:20am ET by Pressparty