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Interview: Oumou Sangare, Soul Rebel | reviews, news & interviews

Interview: Oumou Sangare, Soul Rebel

Interview: Oumou Sangare, Soul Rebel

On the road with Africa's greatest diva

Oumou Sangare: Feminist divad Allcock

Oumou Sangare, Malian diva and one of the world’s great singers, is not, as I eventually found out myself, a woman to be trifled with. When she bought some land outside Bamako, the capital of Mali, a local official by accident or oversight also sold the land to someone else who planted the fields. Sangare turned up with a bulldozer and destroyed the man’s crops. She also had a quiet word with the President of Mali and got the offending official sacked. I could easily imagine Sangare in her preferred garb of traditional colourful African robes and Parisian stilettos in the driving seat of a bulldozer – she’s chic, tough and is a woman who bridges the divide between cosmopolitan and traditional Africa.

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