Le Guess Who?’s Who 2022: Thiago Nassif

There’s less than three weeks to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.


Thiago Nassif


Performing Sunday 13th November

Ever prolific, phenomenal multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Thiago Nassif counts numerous audacious projects under his belt, spanning a wide spectrum of artistic expression in the fields of music, photography, architecture and plastic arts. A mainstay in the Brazilian music scene, he conquered our ears with his 2020 Arto Lindsay-coproduced Mente, an album of bewildering scope incorporating elements of everything from no-wave, electronic music, Tropicalismo, jazz, rock and pop. When we asked Thiago for his 3 recommendations for the festival, he got carried away and picked 5 artists. Find out who they are below, with a few words from him.


Oumou Sangaré


Performing Sunday 13th November

“I hear guitars that intrigues me and sounds from my ancestors.”



Performing Friday 11th November

“I heard of them from Arto Lindsay, Northern Spy is one of the labels I enjoy the most. Curious to see what kind of performance they will bring to the festival”

Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul


Performing Saturday 12th November

“Got in touch with them by Instagram, It was great to get to know a little bit of their electronic and performatic music”



Performing Sunday 13th November

“My middle name is Farah, so I’m Thiago Farah Nassif. Her poetry about our common name made me understand more about my roots”

DJ Diaki

Performing Saturday 12th November (as part of Nyege Nyege presents African High Tempo)

“Bella who’s playing electronics with me on this tour, among with Claudio Brito (percussion), is a sound and visual artist, she got me into the Nyege Nyege mix tapes, couldn’t believe what I was hearing, it sounds to me that the way they create their music music relates a lot with the Brazilian Funk movement we have here, very cutting edge”

Le Guess Who? will take place 10-13 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Oumou Sangaré unveils new single ‘Fadjamou’ and accompanying video

Oumou Sangare - FadjamouSinger Oumou Sangaré has been treating us to wonderful videos for each new single from Mogoya, her first album in eight years. Following ‘Kamelemba’ and ‘Yere Faga’, the Malian diva has shared a video for new single ‘Fadjamou’, which translates to ‘family name’. Centred around the importance of family in Malian culture, the track’s theme is reflected on the video. Watch it below.

With recent festival appearances at Glastonbury and Citadel, Oumou’s upcoming dates will see her gracing stages at WOMAD and Shambala this summer and at Utrecht’s Le Guess Who? in November.

Mogoya is out now via Nø Førmat!.

Oumou Sangaré unveils video for new single ‘Kamelemba’

Oumou Sangaré - KamelembaFresh off the release of her long-awaited new album Mogoya, Malian diva Oumou Sangaré is offering a new single, ‘Kamelemba’, and an accompanying video featuring an all-female cast of dancers from The Swaggers Dance Crew. Here’s how Oumou described ‘Kamelemba’:

“It’s about men who show off, who bring women down, about women who fall badly in love. I wrote this song to give advice to our sisters to be careful, because there are loads of kamelemba out there”.

In addition to the previously announced string of festival 
appearances in the UK, including Glastonbury, Citadel and Shambala, Oumou will also be performing in November at Utrecht’s Le Guess Who Festival.

Now watch the video for ‘Kamelemba’.

Mogoya is out now via Nø Førmat!.

Oumou Sangaré shares video for ‘Yere Faga ft. Tony Allen’

Oumou Sangare - Yere Faga ft Tony AllenLast month we heard the warm and glowing ‘Yere Faga’, the first single lifted from Oumou Sangaré‘s long-awaited new album Mogoya. Now the Malian diva has unveiled a video to accompany the song, directed by Chris Saunders. The effort was shot in Johannesburg’s Hillbrow area and it features dancer Maipelo Gabang. “Oumou’s powerful Wassoulou lyrics needed to be translated through the movement in the video – to reflect her message of never giving up, of finding mechanisms to succeed”, explains Saunders. “The video is a story of an empowered young African woman, one comparable to the great Oumou herself”.

Preceding the album’s release on May 19th via Nø Førmat!, the video comes paired with the Yere Faga Remix EP out today with mixes by Natureboy Flako, Marimba, Malik Djoudi and Ghetto Vanessa.

Watch the video for ‘Yere Faga’ below, featuring Tony Allen on drumming duties.

Oumou’s originally scheduled show in London’s Scala on May 16th has now moved to Village Underground on May 17th. Oumou has also announced a string of festival appearances this summer including Citadel, WOMAD and Shambala.

Oumou Sangaré returns with new album Mogoya

Oumou Sangaré - MogoyaSinger Oumou Sangaré, the diva of Mali as she’s often referred to, has announced the release of a new album. Entitled Mogoya, which translates as ‘People Today’, Oumou’s upcoming record is also her first new material in eight years and it arrives on May 19th via Nø Førmat!. Mogoya sees Oumou collaborating with Fela Kuti drummer and Afrobeat founder Tony Allen, and enlisting Andreas Unge and French collective A.l.b.e.r.t for production duties. Whilst still rooted in the continuity of Malian tradition, Mogoya has a strong new sound as the press release described. “We wanted to emphasise the raw power of Oumou’s voice and songs”, explained co-producer Ludovic Bruni, of A.l.b.e.r.t.. “We wanted to find a new modernity”. On the album, traditional African instruments camel n’toni (harp), karignan (metal scraper) and calabash percussion are paired with electric guitar, bass, keyboards and synths. In Oumou’s own words, “this time round I wanted to go for more of a modern sound, to satisfy young people in Mali but being careful, all the while, to respect my culture and tradition”.
The long-awaited news also come with the first taste from the album, ‘Yere Faga’, a warm and glowing song about human relationships. Take a listen now.

In other related news, and in support of the album, Oumou Sangaré will be gracing London with a show in Scala on May 16th. Tickets are now on sale.