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One of my favorite singers has a new album coming out in Europe on Monday.

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Her name is Oumou Sangare and she's from Mali.

Oumou Sangare isn't just one of Mali's best known musicians. She's also arguably her country's best-known woman.

And that's a role she takes quite seriously.

Her efforts to fight for social justice earned her an award from UNESCO several years ago.

She's considered a champion of human rights, particularly women's rights.

"Voir une femme heureuse, ca me donne la joie naturelle."

She says when she sees a happy woman, it gives her a natural joy. Joy is the title of her new CD, or in the Bambara language "Seya."

This is not a vague sense of joy. Oumou Sangare says that she's never made music just for the sake of making music.