One of Africa’s finest female vocalists, Sangare returns to the Barbican with songs from her Grammy nominated album Seya and her back catalogue. A truly charismatic performer with a sublime voice, a tight funky band and irrepressible energy.
'The great Malian singer is in radiant form throughout Seya, her first album in five years: decrying forced marriages, paying homage to her elders, marveling at her own success. Her exuberance is more than contagious; it’s entirely credible.' The New York Times - Top 10 albums of 2009
Oumou Sangare - Seya
Frenzied, highly contagious Afro-Caribbean influenced dance music from “El Mago” – legendary Colombian accordionist Anibal Velasquez – opens the evening. Born in 1936, Velasquez is said to have recorded more than 300 LPs in his career, whilst he was at the forefront of the Música Tropical movement.
His greatest recordings were featured as part of the Analog Africa series in 2010, in the album Mambo Loco. African rhythms feature heavily in his music, filtered through the Caribbean into an exhilarating Latin brew.