Malian singer/songwriter Oumou Sangare’s deeply soulful music blends traditional sounds and lyrical themes with modern instrumentation and a uniquely female, humanitarian, and often feminist perspective. A second-generation singer who’d been making public appearances since childhood, Sangare was recruited in 1986, at the age of 20, to the Malian traditional group Djoliba Percussions for their European tour. She made her solo recorded debut in ’89, working with producer/promoter Ibrahima Sylla. Her debut album sold over 200, 000 copies, announcing her dramatic arrival on the Malian music scene. Soon, listeners all over the world were mesmerized by her characteristically joyful, intelligent, and understated recordings. Although the ‘00s were not a terribly prolific period, a 2009 release garnered wide acclaim.