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Coumba Gawlo
(Senegal)

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Biography  
Coumba Gawlo is a young, but very gifted singer from Senegal. She was born in a musical family, and at very young age she used to sing along with her mother Fatou Kiné Mbaye. Gifted with a remarkable voice, her father added her surname gawlo, meaning griot in Pular language, as he predicted a great career for her.

When still a student, she recorded a couples of cassettes that were quite successful in Senegal. These albums were « Seytane », « Accident », « Deweneti », and « Kor Dior ». In 1996, a first CD was released with songs from the albums « Deweneti » and « Kor Dior », with the album title « Coumba Gawlo » but more commonly referred to as « Aldiana ». Coumba's fame was already established in Africa, but an international breakthrough was yet to happen.

With the help of French singer Patrick Bruel, she recorded a new album « Yo Malé » for BMG France in 1998, which was meant to conquer the European market and the album met considerable success at least in France. The album is known for its remake of Myriam Makeba's « Pata Pata », of which a single was released. Another hit album was a duet with Souleymane Faye in 2003.

Coumba sings about contemporary problems such as immigration and the large Senegalese community in France. She has created an association to give aid to homeless children in Dakar and is also a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).




Born: 29 January 1972, in Tivaouane (near Thiès), as Coumba Seck
Style: mbalax


Coumba Gawlo Seck
Coumba Gawlo Seck
Discography

Title Year Label Remarks
The Very Best of Coumba Gawlo 2012 Aztec
Ma Djinn 2010 Sabar
Aldiana - 3 titres bonus 2008 Syllart 823489
Dieureudieuf 2006 Sabar 0014-2006 CD
Dewenëti Show 2005 Africa Productions 05112-2 Live CD
Takussan: Live in Dakar 2004 Sabar Double cassette
Gawlo & Diego (Sey Dou Choix) 2003 Africa Productions 03087-2 CD - (Duo with Souleymane Faye "Diego")
Ma Yeur Li Nga Yor 2002 Sabar 004 Cassette
Crazy Mbalax 2001 Sabar 003 Cassette
Sa Lii Sa Léé 2001 Africa Productions 01037-2 CD
Yo Malé 1998 BMG 7432157973-2 CD
Amine 1997 PAD (no reference) Cassette
Aldiana 1996 Virgin 846320-2 CD, also on Syllart 38141-2/SYLAF9603
Kor Dior 1996 Syllart 83194 Cassette
Deweneti 199? Syllart 83175 Cassette
Accident 1992 Audio Video Productions AVP 0015 Cassette
Seytane 1990 Audio Video Productions AVP 0009 Cassette


Sources
Forest Beat
 
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