Yere Faga

31/03/17Mali's Oumou Sangaré Premiers New Video To A Tony Allen Collab Track Off Her Upcoming Album

Brace yourselves for acclaimed Malian chanteuse and tireless women's rights activist Oumou Sangaré's brand new album "Mogoya", which translates to "human relations" and releases May 19th on No Format. "Mogoya" is her first musical offering since her 2009 album "Sera". Last week Sangaré joined the Paris-based Radio Nova crew to perform two songs off her forthcoming album. Watch the live performance here, which included the lead single "Yere Faga", featuring the legendary Tony Allen (Africa 70, Fela Kuti, The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Sébastien Tellier and many more) on drums and addresses a haunting subject:

"Yere Faga means suicide. In my opinion no suffering justifies the taking of ones life. The song actually references honor suicides. Life can be hard at times and people are always inclined to pass harsh judgement on you, no matter what you do. But if you let that criticism lead you to put an end to your life you will leave the people you love orphaned and wounded. There were rumours about me going around as well, people saying I wanted to end my life, but did I? Suffering is part of life", claims the singer.

Watch the impressively choreographed companion music video below, rivaled only by Oumou Sangaré's breathtaking voice.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom