If you liked Angelique Kidjo, you’re going to love her! Presenting the wonderfully talented artist from Mali, Fatoumata Diawara. Her life story plays out in her music and her powerful vocals will transport you through a kaleidoscope of genres and emotions.
Introducing a fresh new talent with a unique sound, a bagful of beautiful self-penned songsand a tumultuous life story behind her, Fatoumata Diawara’s debut album, ‘Fatou’, was released on World Circuit on September 19, 2011. Tall, superbly poised and elegant, with an iridescent smile, this sometime star of African film draws elements of jazz and funk into an exquisitely sparse contemporary folk sound – refracting the rocking rhythms and plaintive melodies of her ancestral Wassoulou tradition through an instinctive pop sensibility.
At the centre of the music is Fatou’s warm, affecting voice, spare, rhythmical guitar playing and gorgeously melodic songs that draw powerfully on her own often troubled experience.