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GRAMMY Award-Winner Oumou Sangaré Announced At The Apollo

Sangaré infuses her music with traditional African percussion, distinctive vocals, and progressive social criticism, creating a unique sound.

GRAMMY Award-Winner Oumou Sangaré Announced At The Apollo

The World Music Institute in association with The Apollo present Malian musician and GRAMMY Award-winner Oumou Sangaré for an incredible one-night only performance on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 8:00pm ET at the world-famous Apollo Theater. Tickets are on sale now at www.ApolloTheater.org

One of West Africa's most celebrated vocalists, Sangaré infuses her music with traditional African percussion, distinctive vocals, and progressive social criticism, creating a unique sound that has propelled her onto the international stage. In her Apollo debut, Sangaré, "The Songbird of Wassoulou," will perform music that spans traditional Wassoulou music to contemporary sounds coming out of Africa as well as songs from her recent critically acclaimed album, Timbuktu.

"We're thrilled to have Oumou, make her Apollo debut during our Next Movement season. Over the past eight decades the Apollo has amplified Black voices and used its platforms to create an intersection of art and activism, so having Oumou perform a range of music from Wassoulou music to contemporary sounds is exactly the kind of artistic conversation that we champion," said Kamilah Forbes, the Apollo's Executive Producer.

As an activist, businesswoman and global icon, Oumou Sangaré is considered an ambassador of Wassoulou; her music has been inspired by the music and traditional dances of the region. She writes and composes her songs, which often include social criticism, especially concerning women's low status in society. Drawing comparisons to legendary performers such as Grace Jones, Nina Simone, and Aretha Franklin, Sangaré has been praised by stars including Beyoncé and Alicia Keys for her powerful voice and unwavering commitment to the betterment of women.

"We are pleased to present Mali's legendary "Songbird of Wassoulou" Oumou Sangaré in association with our friends at the Apollo; in her debut at this historic venue, no less! This performance is part of our Women's Voices series, which celebrates the role that female artists play in the preservation and promotion of their cultures and traditions. As a social activist, businesswoman and global musical icon, Oumou Sangaré embodies the spirit of this series. It will be a musical experience to remember," said Gaby Sappington, the World Music Institute's Executive Director.

This concert is presented as part of Apollo's Fall 2022 Season as well as WMI's WOMEN'S VOICES series celebrating the role that female artists play in the preservation and promotion of their respective cultures and traditions. 

Tickets for Oumou Sangaré start at $33.50. To purchase tickets to the conversation and all other events of the Fall 2022 season, visit www.ApolloTheater.org

The Apollo is wheelchair accessible throughout the building and offers assisted listening devices. For more information on accessibility or to request special assistance, please visit apollotheater.org/accessibility or contact the Apollo Box office at access@apollotheater.org or (212) 531-5305


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