Awa Sangho’s earliest memories are of a childhood in which song has always been her response to life observations.
She was raised in a community called Dire located in the Southern edge of the Sahara in Northern Mali, about 70 kilometers south of Timbuktou. This region of West Africa is noted for a diversity of world-class musicians and singers.
The influential tinge of this regions sub-cultures shaped Awa. Shared firstly, through song and dance as children, through pursuit of performance in school, and exposure to the radio…..where Awa was often found listening, singing, and discovering what makes each singer’s voice distinctive.
Awa was a young girl when she moved to Abdijan, the capital of Ivory Coast, where she quicky became immersed in its music and dance scene.
The performance group L’Ensemble Koteba D’Abidjan, noted for a blend of theatre, music, song, and dance, offered Awa her first opportunity to perform professionally.
Awa, along with two other woman formed Le Go Koteba a splinter group of the original L’Ensemble Koteba D’Abdijan, with a focus on song. They produced and recorded 5 albums which quickly acquired the group popularity and the experience of world-wide touring. Many of the compositions on these albums were conceived of and written by Awa Sangho.
The childhood attribute, to evince life’s mileu through performance, has matured to a beautiful expression of song, music and dance.
Her lyrics are socially conscious. Often communicating a reverence for the people who have touched her life, to controversial habits of culture, to message music directed to the youth. All with music that percolates with the rhythms and resonance of Africa with the influence of ears that have world-wide exposure.
Awa Sangho has performed with ….Salif Keita, Manu Dibango, Amadou and Miriam,Habibe Kouyate, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Joe Claussell, Mark Cary, Bassekou Kouyate, Ballake Sissoko, Vicent Segal, Oumou Sangare