Senegal Ouza

Album’s Overview
#? ouza-et-les-4-femmes-dans-le-vent-mbaana.jpg 1977 [7, 39:55] Ouza et Les 4 Femmes Dans Le Vent - Mbaana (Disques Griot GR-7605) studio • new music 5.63 “Average” Africana
date.png 28-Oct-2014
notes.png Unable to complete. Not enough info out there. I made good headway with Ouza’s discography but aborted it in the end as the info was just too sketchy, with lots of conflicting, not to mention missing details from site to site. It looks like he made around 15 to 20 albums of original music from the 70s to the 00s, credited variously to "Ouza et Le Ouzettes", "Ouza et ses Ouzettes", "Ouza et Les 4 Femmes Dans Le Vent", "Ouza et Le Teranga International Band", "Ouza et Le Nobel", "Ouza", "Ouza et Les Filles Branches", "Ouza Diallo", "Ouza ack Ndiaguamarees" and "Ouza et Les Souls Njaagamarees".


Ouza (Ousmane Diallo) was born in 1947. In the 1960s, Ouza left Senegal to study traditional music in the Cote D’Ivoire, studies which informed both his political and musical message after he returned in 1980. He formed his first band in 1965. Ouza recorded sporadically until 1993. Between recordings, he was both teaching and studying music of all kinds, traditional and contemporary, African and American. This is one reason his music has continued to be extremely innovative. Ouza is widely respected in Senegal as an intelligent and innovative musician. However, his radical approach, both musical and political, may have prevented him from enjoying the success of his contemporaries. His most recent title, Le Vote, was not played on the radio because of its political stance. His son, Cheikh Lo, named after Cheikh Ndiguel Lo, is a member of his present band.

Allan Moss

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