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Oumou Sangare Session, South Sudan Report

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 10 September 2011

Lucy Duran is joined in the World Routes studio by the vocalist Oumou Sangare. Accompanied by her 8-piece band, she performs songs from her recent album Seya, as well as a new track, and a traditional song from her home country Mali.

Journalist Robin Denselow reports on the music of South Sudan. This new country officially declared its independence on 9 July this year after years of civil war with Sudan. The report includes music from Emmanuel Kembe, who has returned to the country recently after years of exile which saw him walk all the way to Ethiopia. There's also a chance to hear cattle song from soldier Bol Deng, music played on the adungu (a women-only instrument), and songs celebrating independence from blind singer-songwriter Gordon Koang, who built his own instrument purely by touch.

Music Played

12 items
  • BBC Studio Session - Oumou Sangare

    • Image for Oumou Sangaré

      Oumou Sangaré Kounadya

      Performers: Oumou Sangare (vocals) Sekou Bah (bass guitar / backing vocals) Mamadou Diakite (electric & acoustic guitar) Brehima Diakite (Kamele N’Goni) Aliou Dante (drums) Cheick Oumar Diabate (djembe) Amadou Traore (flute / backing vocals) Dandio Sidibe (backing vocals) Awa Berthe (backing vocals)

      29th June 2011, Maida Vale

  • BBC Location Recording - South Sudan

    • Image for Atek Kilwak Orphans Choir

      Atek Kilwak Orphans Choir South Sudan Oyee! (South Sudan National Anthem)

    • Image for Bol Deng

      Bol Deng Makway

    • Image for Bol Deng

      Bol Deng The Land of Sudan

    • Image for Jol-Wo Liech Choir

      Jol-Wo Liech Choir Muk yi piou

    • Image for Gordon Koang

      Gordon Koang South Sudan

    • Image for Gordon Koang

      Gordon Koang One South

    • Image for Celina Kukwa

      Celina Kukwa Anzo (Happy Song)

    • Image for Emmanuel Kembe

      Emmanuel Kembe Celebrate

  • BBC Studio Session - Oumou Sangare

    • Image for Oumou Sangaré

      Oumou Sangaré Kende Kende

      Performers: Oumou Sangare (vocals) Sekou Bah (bass guitar / backing vocals) Mamadou Diakite (electric & acoustic guitar) Brehima Diakite (Kamele N’Goni) Aliou Dante (drums) Cheick Oumar Diabate (djembe) Amadou Traore (flute / backing vocals) Dandio Sidibe (backing vocals) Awa Berthe (backing vocals)

      29th June 2011, Maida Vale

    • Image for Oumou Sangaré

      Oumou Sangaré Maw ace ka nyin

      Performers: Oumou Sangare (vocals) Sekou Bah (bass guitar / backing vocals) Mamadou Diakite (electric & acoustic guitar) Brehima Diakite (Kamele N’Goni) Aliou Dante (drums) Cheick Oumar Diabate (djembe) Amadou Traore (flute / backing vocals) Dandio Sidibe (backing vocals) Awa Berthe (backing vocals)

      29th June 2011, Maida Vale

    • Image for Oumou Sangaré

      Oumou Sangaré Iyo Djeli

      Performers: Oumou Sangare (vocals) Sekou Bah (bass guitar / backing vocals) Mamadou Diakite (electric & acoustic guitar) Brehima Diakite (Kamele N’Goni) Aliou Dante (drums) Cheick Oumar Diabate (djembe) Amadou Traore (flute / backing vocals) Dandio Sidibe (backing vocals) Awa Berthe (backing vocals)

      29th June 2011, Maida Vale

  • Oumou Sangare

    Oumou Sangare

    Cheick Oumar Diabate (Djembe) Amadou Traore (flute) Oumou Sangare (vocals) Dando Sidibe and Awa Berthe (backing Vocals)

    Oumou Sangare
  • Oumou Sangare

    Oumou Sangare

  • World Routes: Mali - Oumou Sangare (2005)

    Listen again to Lucy Duran's trip to Mali to meet Oumou Sangare, first broadcast in World Routes in 2005...

    Mali - Oumou Sangare
  • MALI’S SONGBIRD

    Read Lucy Duran's essay 'Radio as research: fresh perspectives on Oumou Sangaré’s music'

    MALI’S SONGBIRD, OUMOU SANGARÉ
  • South Sudan: Gordon Koang

    South Sudan: Gordon Koang

    Photo by Robin Denselow

  • South Sudan: Celina Kukwa

    South Sudan: Celina Kukwa

    Photo by Robin Denselow

  • South Sudan: Lt Peter Bol Deng

    South Sudan: Lt Peter Bol Deng

    Photo by Robin Denselow

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