Oumou Sangare - YouTube Induced Mania Paris : 150 African Musicians in 90,000-Seat Stadium

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For the first time in the history of mankind, the best of African music relocates from YouTube to invests in the Parisian 90,000-Seat Stade de France on June 11, 2011.

The event will mobilize and more than 150 artists, musicians and dancers on stage for a single concert. All rhythms and colors of the African musical creativity will be honored and Africa will come together in Paris to celebrate African culture.

Oumou Sangare

The great diva Oumou Sangare was born in Bamako in 1968. From the age of five, she began to train her voice in kindergarten, with melodies from the traditions of Wassoulou her native region, located in southern Mali, about 120 km from the capital Bamako.

Since the age of 13, Oumou Sangare has been supporting her entire family with her exceptional voice. With the help if the late Ali Farka Toure, she signed with the British label World Circuit to become a star at age 21. She is one of the first Malian singers to have achieved an international reputation.

As an international artist, Oumou Sangare recently received a Grammy Award in collaboration with Herbie Hancock, Konono #1 and other artist to remake the John Lennon's superhit "Imagine". Furthermore, she performed with Tracy Chapman at the Hollywood Bowl and recorded a duet with Alicia Keys. And although she defended some aspects of her tradition, she vehemently protests, with body and soul, against the exploitation of women.

Oumou Sangare never forgets where she comes and embarked in business to create jobs in Mali through hospitality, agriculture and the importation cars. Since most of people in Mali could not afford expensive Japanese cars and unfamiliar with Chinese cars, Oumou Sangare negotiated with the Chinese to create a specific affordable vehicle targeting the African market with a Japanese engine and a Chinese body at half the cost. The model was named "Oum Sang" after her. She was also appointed FAO Ambassador in 2003 plus a UNESCO prize in 2001 and awarded the Commandeur des Arts et Lettres de la République française in 1998.

Oumou Sangare's latest album, Seya was released in 2009.[endtext]

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