Address: via delle cascine, 41 , FlorenceDate: Friday 23 September 2022
Friday 23 September 2022 at 9 pm
Via delle Cascine 41 - Florence
Admission 15 euros, reduced to 13 euros
Oumou Sangaré , one of the great names in the musical constellation of Mali and a prominent figure in African music, returns to Italy for a special appointment as part of the Festival au Désert Firenze .
The artist, also known for her commitment in defense of women's rights, brings her latest album “Timbuktu” , released in April by World Circuit / BMG , to the Festival .
Sangaré is world famous for its vibrant and powerful music which often contains groundbreaking messages on themes such as tradition and poverty. Since the release of her debut album “Moussoulou” in 1989, the Malian singer has never stopped. Among the most important stages of his rich and fruitful journey we find some of the most important recordings in the history of contemporary African music: "Ko Sira" (1993), "Worotan" (1996) and "Seya" (2009), nominated for a Grammy Award. He counts among his fans the likes of Alicia Keys, Aya Nakamura and Beyoncé (who sampled the classic “Diaraby Nene” for the soundtrack of the film “The Lion King” of 2019). Sangaré has long since overcome the barriers that separate continents and musical styles.
“ Timbuktu” is the latest act of an unprecedented musical epic that consecrates an artist born in the poor neighborhoods of Bamako and became a world-famous musician. The album weaves intimate sonic connections between traditional West African instruments and those linked to the history of blues, in particular the kamele n'goni and its distant heirs, the dobro and the slide guitar. The texts, profound and poetic, express Sangaré's thoughts on the indecipherable mysteries of existence, on the difficult situation his country is going through or on the general condition of the African woman, testifying to her commitment also as an activist.
“ The music is inside me ,” says Oumou. “ Without it I am nothing and nothing can take it away from me! I put my life on this record, my whole life, this life in which I have known hunger, the humiliation of poverty and fear, and from which today I draw glory ”.
The Festival au Désert Firenze was born in 2010 from the collaboration between the Festival au Désert del Mali and the Fabbrica Europa Foundation and works to host the great names of world music and make known the best of current world music, in particular from Mali, North Africa, the Mediterranean. and the Middle East, in open dialogue with the ambassadors of international artistic “nomadism”.
The 2022 edition sees the presence of one of the great names of the musical constellation of Mali, the extraordinary Oumou Sangaré , for an immersion in the solar depths of his voice and his music. An ancient and current music, which carries within it a message of freedom and hope for all the peoples and cultures of their land, which today become a song for all women, children and men of any origin. The festival, as every year, offers meetings and workshops to get to know not only the music but also the current condition of Mali, in a path that combines the Cascine Park and the Mensola Park thanks to the collaboration with Lumen where various initiatives are carried out and the concert by the Franco-Moroccan group produced by Peter Gabriel's Real World: Bab L'Bluz .
Advance sales on www.ticketone.it and at PARC, P.le delle Cascine 7, Florence (from Tuesday to Sunday 5 pm-7pm). In the entertainment venues, the ticket office opens one hour before the start of the event.
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