It’s eight years since Oumou Sangaré last released an album of new material and much has changed since we last heard from the greatest living female voice in African music.

The power of her voice and the potency of her message remain inviolable but with a new label, an all-new production team and a vital new set of songs, her latest album Mogoya (it translates roughly as ‘people today’) represents an exciting new chapter in Oumou Sangaré’s storied career.

‘Sangare kono’—‘Sangare the Songbird’. This is how Oumou Sangare, Mali’s great diva, champion of women’s rights, and one of the world’s most astounding female voices of Africa, describes herself when she sings her powerful songs that strike deep in the heart.