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The brief, chaotic life of Bobbi
Kristina Brown was never really her
Born and raised in the shadow of
fame and litigation, shattered by the
loss of her mother, Whitney Hous-
ton, Bobbi Kristina was overwhelmed
by the achievements and demons of
others before she could begin to fig-
ure out who she was. Her demise was
the most awful inheritance of all.
Bobbi Kristina died on Sunday at
Peachtree Christian Hospice in Du-
luth, Georgia, about six months after
she was found face-down and unre-
sponsive in a bathtub in the subur-
ban Atlanta townhome she shared
with Nick Gordon, the man she
called her husband. She was 22-
"Bobbi Kristina Brown passed
away July 26, 2015, surrounded by
her family. She is finally at peace in
the arms of God. We want to again
thank everyone for their tremendous
amount of love and support during
these last few months," Kristen Fos-
ter, a representative for the Houston
family said Sunday.
The Fulton County Medical Exam-
iner s Office confirmed Bobbi
Kristina s death Sunday. (AP)
Peace at last for Bobbi Christina
Awa Sangho takes her inspiration
where she can find it, whether it s in
Diré in northern Mali, where she grew
up, or in the musical hub of Abidjan
in Ivory Coast, where she moved at
the age of 12.
Nowadays some of that inspiration
comes from New York City, where the
Mali-born singer has lived for the past
"I love it," Sangho said in a phone
interview with the Montreal Gazette
from her home in Harlem.
Sangho performed at Club Balattou
in Montreal on July 15 as part of the
Festival International Nuits d Afrique.
"I call New York the boiling town,"
she said. "Everything is going on here.
Instead of the Big Apple, I call it the
boiling town. There s so much energy
and so many good things happening.
It s the mix of people living here."
Earlier in life, the inspiration came
"I learned a lot in Ivory Coast," said
Sangho. "It s similar to New York for
West Africa. A bunch of people, a
bunch of cultures. You name them.
Salif Keita went through Abidjan.
Stayed for a little while. Manu Dibango.
I worked with them all. Mory Kanté.
They all went through Abidjan first.
Abidjan was like a platform. Everybody
had to stop by there. Just like New
York. I worked a lot with Salif, who
is my brother-in-law."
The energy and mix of cultures that
she loves in those two cities rubbed
off on Sangho s debut solo album, Ala
Ta, a collection of songs that blends
Afro rhythms with acoustic instru-
mentation and her unique voice. It
was released last year.
The album was recorded in New
York, California, Dakar and Bamako,
mostly in 2013.
"If I had to describe the album, I d
say it s an album I chose to do very
acoustically," said Sangho.
For Sangho, one of the key things
on the album, and in all her music, is
to use the songs to talk about social
"Like, say, Denko, which is about
problems with children, about the
education of children. For me, that s
the future of the entire world. The
best thing you can do for a child is
give them education. That gives them
freedom for their entire life. I say: Help
me to educate my child. That s the
only way we can help ourselves. That s
the best way artists or singers can par-
ticipate. To give some musical notes,
to give some opinions about building
a new, better world.
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brings message of hope
belongs to God'
What stands out most
here (in the album Ala
Ta---which means: "the
truth belongs to God") is
Sangho's voice. She sings
from a deep place, and
often channels the
melancholy that comes
with a life of
displacement. Music is
her salvation, and both
pain and an elated sense
of rescue come across in
her elegant vocal
Sangho sings about
motherhood on "Ne ba
ne n'fa/My Mother and
Father" and on
"Bamounan," about the
cloth that ties a child to
its mother's back, and
how that tie evolves
through life to the point
where the child must
care for the mother.
Children are a huge
concern in these songs,
and fate, as in the title
track Ala ta ye
Belongs to God. Sangho's
voice has terrific range,
from the gentle griot-like
cooing of Denko/The
Problems of Children to
the explosive, full-
throated vocal fireworks
of Bamounan. This is a
big voice, informed by a
number of West African
traditions but not
beholden to any.
The production is
unusual, and a welcome
departure from West
formulas. There are rich
layers of percussion, but
no trap drums. The result
is an open, airy
atmosphere that lets
detail come forward.
(Excerpt of review by
Grammy nominee Awa Sangho,
the Mali blues singer, will be one
of several performers at this year's
Pan African Concert at Queen's
Park Savannah this Friday night,
at 8 pm, organised by the Eman-
cipation Support Committee as part
of Emancipation festivities. Other
performers include Jamaican reggae
singers Everton Blender, Ventrice
"Queen Ifrica" Morgan and Duane
Stephenson, and TT singers Kushite
and Shadow. The concert is called
Liberation---Songs of Freedom. Here
we feature a recent interview relat-
ed to a concert at which Sangho
performed a few weeks ago in
stand up for
that we think
are not just,"
Awa Sangho deep
into one of her
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