Musiques du Mali
Doumbia is one of the main female singers from the Wassoulou region in South Mali. Her
popularity is only surpassed by Oumou Sangaré,
but equal to that of Sali Sidibé.
Since her mother died shortly after Nahawa's birth, she grew up with her grandmother in Manankoro near Bougouni. Although her mother predicted shortly before she died that Nahawa would be a singer, her family had tried for a long time to prevent this from happening.
Finally, civil servants from the Ministry of Culture discovered her voice, and she first appeared on stage in 1980 at the biënnale of Bamako. She recorded some 3 albums in the 1980s, before the producer Ibrahima Sylla took her to Paris for recording sessions with Boncana Maiga resulting in the 1988 album
|Bougouni||1999||Sono CDS 7065|
|Mangoni||1993||Syllart 38114-2||Also released on Stern's STCD 1041|
|Nyama Toutou||1990||Syllart 38781-2||Also released on Stern's STCD 1033|
|La grande cantatrice Malienne. Volume 3: Korodia||1983||AS Records AS 011|
|Sakoro Mery||1982||AS Records AS 006|
|Kourouni||1981||AS Records AS 005|
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