Fatoumata DiawaraThe illustrious Fatoumata Diawara
Furthering Mali’s rich musical tradition, Fatoumata Diawara presents a joyous mix of the vibrant and understated, combining songs about love, politics and empowerment. With arresting melodies soaring over intricate guitar and drum arrangements inspired by Wassoulou tradition, jazz, and blues, Fatou has created her own unique contemporary folk sound, with a distinctly African spin to the concept of the female singer-songwriter.
Born in the Ivory Coast and raised in Mali, Fatou’s life covers a gamut of contemporary African experience: fighting parental opposition to her artistic ambitions, battling the cultural prejudice faced by women throughout Africa, and winning success as an actress in film and theater. She finally lives her dream in the medium she was always destined to make her own: music.
In addition to her recent, highly acclaimed debut Nonesuch album Fatou, she found time to collaborate on Damon Albarn's Africa Express and contribute vocals to albums by AfroCubism and Herbie Hancock’s Grammy-winning Imagine Project. Fatou’s performances are as strikingly beautiful and emotionally powerful as she is.
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