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Listening To The Messages: Oumou Sangaré's Favourite Albums
David McKenna , July 10th, 2019 08:36

Malian musician Oumou Sangaré speaks to David McKenna about her favourite music, being discovered by Ali Farka Touré, and collaborating with Alicia Keys and Tony Allen


Kasse Mady Diabaté – Kela Tradition
He was one of the great voices of Africa and his death [last year] was a great loss for Mali. But he did a lot for Mali, in the domain of the jelis [the griots] he's a monument for us. It's rare to hear a voice like that. He didn't have the same recognition abroad as Salif but in Mali he's super important. On this album he talks about [the village of] Kéla, his origins and the real jeliya [the griot's art]. But his daughter [Hawa Kassé Mady] is there and she's trying to continue his legacy, so it's not entirely lost. We won't forget him anyway.