Ouza (Ousmane Diallo) has been an influential figure in Senegalese music. Much respected in Senegal for his critical approach on politics and society, he is less loved by the authorities in his country.
Ousmane Diallo went to study music in Côte d'Ivoire during the 1960s. He participated in various traditional music ensembles and ballets before returning to Senegal. Since 1972, he recorded regularly with various groups of female singers such as Les Ouzettes, Les Filles Branchées and others. He coached these singers after which some of them started solo careers. In addition, he was nominated to lead the National Ballet and the National Orchestra of Senegal.

His music is influenced by traditional music, mbalax, but also blues, jazz and soul. Some songs are as laid-back as the music of Orchestre Baobab, others have a frenetic rhythm laid on a foundation of a pulsating bass cadence, so typical for much of Senegal's music.
For years, his music was hard to find in the West, but in 2001 and 2002, two albums with a selection of his work were released on CD, « Ouza (Best of) » (2001), and « Ouza & ses Ouzettes 1975-1990 » (2002).
Two children of his are also involved in music, his son Cheikh Lo Diallo and his daughter Adiouza.

Ouza (Ousmane Diallo) 

Born: 1948 (other sources mention 1947) in Rufisque, as Ousmane Diallo
Style: Mbalax

Title Year Label Remarks
6 heures 2007 [?] CD
Ouza & ses Ouzettes 1975-1990 2002 PAM OA 208 CD
Ouza 2001 Africa Productions 01028-2 CD
Le vote 2000 Origines Cassette
Soul'n Jagamare 1999 KSF Productions Cassette
Femme noire 1998 Cassette
Femme nue 1998 Cassette
Sen Sougnou Sama 1997 Cassette
Diapason Ouza 1996 KSF Cassette
Demb 1996 Jololi Cassette
I'm sorry / Dunia Gassy 1995 Cassette
Tawatal 1995 Cassette
Modou Modou 1994 Cassette
Xadimo 1992 Cassette no. 121365
I Miss You 1992 [not on label] Cassette
Ndar 1990 ON 9001 Cassette, Ouza & les filles branchées
The Best 1984 Syllart 8316 Cassette
Le peuple 1984 Syllart 8315 Cassette
Nakhe M'Baaye 1982 GDL 001 Cassette, Ouza & son Nobel
Lanke Naa 1981 Mbaye Ndiaye ON 8303 Cassette, Ouza & le Nobel
Lat-Dior 1980 Jambaar JM 5003 LP, Ouza & ses Ouzettes
Wethe (Solitude) 1980 Jambaar JM 5002 LP, Ouza & Teranga International Band
Mbaana 1977 MAG 109 LP, Ouza & Les Quatres Femmes dans le Vent

Web site Popular African Music / CD inlay CD pam OA208 (by Günter Gretz)
Discography of Ouza (by Toshiya Endo)
Discography of Ouza (by Forest Beat / Desert Jazz)

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