Fall Release Guide: 8 Albums We're Looking Forward To

Okayafrica's guide to upcoming fall releases in music from around Africa and the diaspora.

As the Western hemisphere summer comes to a close we look forward and take a look at the soundbytes to expect from the coming fall season. Below are eight upcoming fall releases that have us feeling particularly impatient in the earbuds, from the likes of Sarkodie, Olugbenga, Nigerian mystery man William Onyeabor and more!


Artist: Sidi Touré

Album: Alafia [Thrill Jockey]

Release Date: September 17


Artist: Sarkodie

Album: Sarkology

Release Date: September [*date unconfirmed]


Artist: Oddisee

Album: The Beauty in All [Mello Music Group]

Release Date: October 1


Artist: St. Lucia

Album: When the Night [Neon Gold/Columbia]

Release Date: October 8


Artists: Tony Allen, ?uestlove, Baloji, Nneka, Spoek Mathambo, Just A Band, Zaki Ibrahim, Sinkane, Angelique Kidjo, Chance the Rapper...

Album: Red Hot + Fela

Release Date: October 15


Artist: William Onyeabor

Album: Who is William Onyeabor? [Luaka Bop]

Release Date: October 29


Artist: Olugbenga

Album: Silver Pixie EP [Pictures Music]

Release Date: October


Artist: Keziah Jones

Album: Upcoming Keziah Jones Album

Release Date: November (*date is unconfirmed)

*Free Download of the first single "Afronewave" here.


Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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