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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


Alpha Blondy – Jah Glory
I have to pick the mandingo reggae of my brother Alpha Blondy. I like the fact that he sings in Dioula on this album.

I used to dance to it, especially to the tracks 'Bintou Wêrê-Wêrê' and 'Brigadier Sabari'. Those songs were huge hits at the time the album was released in the 80s - it transcended the boundaries of the Ivory Coast.

Alpha is a committed artist who fights against injustice throughout his music. He proudly represents one of the numerous African cultures.