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Sunday, April 14, 2024  ·  7:00 PM CDT

Oumou Sangaré

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

Global superstar and Grammy Award-winner from Bamako, Mali, Oumou Sangaré will take the Old Town School on a musical trip to West Africa. Renowned worldwide for her vibrant and powerful music, the Malian “songbird of Wassoulou” infuses her music with traditional African percussion, distinctive vocals, and progressive social criticism, creating a unique sound that has propelled her onto the international stage. Her dynamic performance will feature music that spans traditional Wassoulou music to contemporary sounds coming out of Africa, as well as songs from her recent critically acclaimed album, Timbuktu.

Oumou Sangaré is widely considered to be Africa's most dynamic female voice. Her music is ebullient and thrilling, with powerful and groundbreaking messages about women's rights, tradition and poverty. “Percussive, danceable, and haunting, the singer's visionary mix is the primary reason that her voice has come to carry as much respect as Aretha Franklin's.” - The New Yorker