In association with Songlines Magazine
The wait is finally over. The greatest living female voice in African music, Oumou Sangaré, releases a new album on a new record label with an all-new production team and a wonderful new set of songs. Mogoya (meaning “people today”) is released on Nø Førmat! on 19 May 2017.
We are incredibly excited to welcome her to Village Underground on 17 May.
Growing up in Peckham, Aadae’s strict Nigerian-Christian upbringing didn’t leave much space for frivolous pursuits but when she wasn’t holed up in church, she would rifle through her dad’s record collection and sing with her brother and sister at home. “My mum was religiously strict,” she explains, “But weirdly, and against Nigerian norms, she encouraged us in music. In her mind I think it acted as a distraction from gangs, gun and drug culture.”
Aadae credits the records she found at home with the bulk of her musical education, influences ranging from the Yoruba gospel, reggae, 90s Afro-juju and 70s Afrobeat she found there to the pristine pop of the odd Abba single. Later, she discovered UK funky house, neo-soul and early jazz, and more recently, genre-straddling artists like MIA, Santigold and Little Dragon have all had a noticeable impact on her style. Tony Allen and Fela Kuti remain huge influnces.
“I describe my sound as a pop-lover’s take on the classic afrobeat form,” Aadae says. “It was always important to me that my music told my story. Whatever I do has to represent my British upbringing as well as my Nigerian heritage.”
Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this show has been rescheduled to 17 May and moved to Village Underground. If you can no longer make the new date, please contact your ticket agent for a full refund.