The diva of Wassoulou music, Oumou Sangaré, is currently in Dakar (Senegal). The Malian singer took advantage of her stay to visit Youssou Ndour, the king of Mbalax. She sang « a capella » to thank her « brother » Youssou Madjiguène and his mother. The emotional scene went viral on social networks, prompting reactions from fans and other African music stars.
Mali and Senegal, two nations, but one people. This is the message that the diva of Wassoulou music, Oumou Sangaré, tried to bring out through the song in « a Capella » to thank her « brother » Youssou Madjiguène Ndour, her mother and the whole Senegalese nation. A melodious voice that touched the heart of the king of Mbalax, even if he did not fully understand the meaning of the words. One thing is certain, Youssou Ndour, who has a Bambara wife of Malian origin, named Aida Coulibaly, knew that this was praise for his modest self.
The Malian singer, who is in Dakar at the invitation of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), could not leave the land of Teranga without visiting her « brother » Youssou Madjiguène Ndour, who, according to her, is her idol, even if they do not have the same musical genre. « Youssou Ndour is my idol. He has invested a lot in the development of his country. I want to follow in his footsteps and do what he did. My relationship with Youssou is not new. Youssou is a big brother who always gave us good advice, who showed us the right way between Africa and Europe. I followed him, because he is someone I like very much, because he does his work with a lot of professionalism. Apart from music, he has also shown that you can be a star and create jobs, in order to contribute to the development of your country, » she says.
« A lot of emotion. She is modest, but she is the diva of divas. She is the great voice that makes us very proud. We lived through the beginning of world music, which started with the meeting of great musicians like Peter Gabriel, Paul Simmons… Paul Simmons braved the ban on going to South Africa, because there was apartheid. But he managed to make an album that made an impression. We had all the difficulties. You know when you have the torch, you always look back to see who is behind. Every time I turned around, it was Oumou that I saw, for her leadership, for her voice and her style of music… », Youssou Ndour also said.
Other African artists and fans commented on social networks about the meeting between Oumou Sangaré and Youssou Ndour. « The two great legends with whom I had the chance to collaborate. Thank God, happy to see a beautiful symbolic photo Mali and Senegal, » commented the French-Malian rapper Mokobe. « Thank you my brother, Africa wins », replied Oumou Sangaré.