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Ko Sira
Oumou Sangare
Ko Sira
Genre: World Music
 
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The world knew Malian singer Oumou Sangare was special when her debut Moussoulou became a bestseller across Africa. With Ko Sira, she's outdone herself. Not only does she again sing about the modern West African woman's ex...  more »

      
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All Artists: Oumou Sangare
Title: Ko Sira
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: World Circuit Records
Release Date: 5/10/1994
Genre: World Music
Style: Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 769233003621

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Amazon.com's Best of 2000
The world knew Malian singer Oumou Sangare was special when her debut Moussoulou became a bestseller across Africa. With Ko Sira, she's outdone herself. Not only does she again sing about the modern West African woman's experience, but she sings in a voice as beautiful as the Congo itself and with a dose of hearty, centered soul that's magnetic and musically vibrant. --Karen K. Hugg

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Love, love, love ...
Giulio Mario Rampelli | 10/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love Oumou Sangare. In her voice there is all the deep charm, the fresh sensuality, the strong soul of african women.The maalian mandingue music is something special in african music's universe. It's pure, not contaminated from north western influence like Caribbean or colonial band music like other countries on the coast. This is the second beautiful Oumou's CD. Like other, it's pure African music, using the Wassoulou's penta-tonal scale, hypnotical, polirithmical. The texts reflect African culture. Saa Magni, for example, speaks about death. Death is very close to life, and this track sings like a love song. The Nick Gold's production is simpy superb. Africans can be proud of their culture."
This is as good as it gets
Pharoah S. Wail | Inner Space | 11/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Let me just say right away that you should buy this cd. I listen to musics from all over the world and alot of things that I love are things that I can understand why maybe someone else doesn't like them, but this is not one of those cds.

As is the case with all non-English musics, just by listening I do not know what the musician is singing about, but Oumou is so utterly powerful and emotional that I can't even imagine what it'd be like to hear her and not be moved... sometimes moved to dancing, sometimes moved to tears. Sometimes both at the same time.

There is one song on this cd that I don't like, but that doesn't matter, this is a five-star cd all the way. The power of track #2 (Sigi Kuruni) and track #4 (Saa Magni) are by themselves strong enough to earn this cd a five-star rating from me. All the other songs range from very good to great.

I know that Ali Farka Toure is the most widely known Malian musician, but please do not forget the women of Mali. The best songs on this cd have no problem standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the best songs that Ali Farka Toure and Afel Bocoum have written.

I always assume people will love this cd. This is as great a place as any to start hearing some songs from modern Mali. Oumou and her two-woman backing chorus are simply phenomenal singers, and the acoustic musicianship is perfect."
Old but good
Giulio Mario Rampelli | 11/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great CD, but I question Amazon's billing of it as "new music." My copy reads "Made in Germany 1993." It's held on this long for a reason -- a beautiful voice, instrumentals -- mine is still in the CD player and I've had it for 5 or more years."