Oumou Sangare+Les Nubians+Asa


One of the great voices in African music, Sangare’s a diva from Mali’s Wassoulou region who delivers funky agitprop about forced marriage, polygamy, and other women’s issues. Her music is surging and propulsive, a shimmying pitter-patter of guitar, violin, percussion, and vocal chorus. Sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart are Les Nubians, the core of a tony French-Chad group known for their jazzy r&b grooves. Asa (pronounced “asha”) is a Nigerian singer with Tracy Chapman/Joan Armatrading leanings.

Sun., July 5, 3 p.m., 2009