Voices of Africa

Posted on April 5th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

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The cover of the May 2017 issue of Songlines (#127) is graced by Oumou Sangaré, the Malian superstar who has returned with her first album in eight years and speaks to Pierre Cuny about returning to the recording studio and the themes that inspire her songs. To celebrate the latest issue, we’ve produced this special online focus featuring interviews with just a few of the most exciting African female singers today – including Lura (pictured) – drawn from the Songlines archive, which you can explore below…

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Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to Gambian kora player and singer Sona Jobarteh about the musical journey that has taken her through traditional griot music and Western classical performance, and how it led to the creation of her country’s first school dedicated to Mande music. (Photo by Mateusz Bral)

Sona Jobarteh: Modern Griot

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The Cape Verdean singer Lura talks to Daniel Brown about her heritage, Cesaria’s legacy and why she’s a responsible rebel. (Photo by N’Krumah Lawson-Daku)

Lura: Cape Verde’s First Lady

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From Adam and Eve to empowering women across the world – there’s not much that Angélique Kidjo doesn’t have an opinion about. Jane Cornwell meets to the irrepressible singer

Angélique Kidjo: the indomitable spirit of Africa

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Nigel Williamson speaks to the Malian singer about her career, which has been dedicated to offering African women a voice and correcting gender inequalities

Oumou Sangaré: a beginner’s guide

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Fatoumata Diawara is the latest rising Malian singing star. She chats to Rose Skelton and explains about how she found her voice. (Photo by Youri Lenquette)

Fatoumata Diawara: “my voice was my first companion”

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Robin Denselow speaks to singer Noura Mint Seymali about how she’s helping Mauritanian music to evolve, and introducing international audiences to its rich tradition

Noura Mint Seymali: the modern voice of Mauritania

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The bright star rising from West Africa in the form of Noura Mint Seymali is just one of the continent’s long and impressive list of women singers. Nigel Williamson picks ten favourite albums

Songlines Essential 10: African Queens

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