Grammy Award Winning Malian Musician, Oumou Sangaré was born on February 25, 1968 in Bamako, Mali. As a child, she sang in order to help her mother feed their family as her father had abandoned them. She was well known for her talents as a gifted singer and after making it to the finals of the singing competition in the nursery school of Bamako at the age of 5.she performed in front of a crowd of 6,000.
Many of Sangaré’s songs concern love and marriage, especially freedom of choice in marriage. Some of her songs are: Moussoulou (“Women”), Ko Sira (1993), “Worotan” (1996), Nonesuch/Warner Music
Oumou (2003), Mogoya (2017) etc.
- In October 2003, Sangaré was named Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
- In 2011, she won a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration.