Label: World Circuit
Release date: February 26, 2009
Seya (Joy) is the first album in six years from ‘Mali’s Star of Stars’ and it reaffirms her position as one of Africa’s great female vocalists and an African phenomenon. Since ‘Moussoulou’, her debut release, rocketed her to national superstardom in 1989, she has retained her position as one of West Africa’s most admired and outspoken artists. Oumou’s latest album has taken around two or three years to come to fruition. “I choose my songs very carefully. I learn how to put them across first on the stage.” Her music is bold, seductive, funky and vibrant, but it’s her lyrics that open people’s eyes.
Oumou continues the battle to encourage equality between men and women and sings about universal themes in life such as love, death, destiny, respect for each other, hope and harmony, not forgetting a couple of light-hearted tunes about the fun things in life.