Fatoumata Diawara

Fatoumata Diawara (born 1982 in Ivory Coast) is a Malian musician currently living in France. Born in Côte d’Ivoire to Malian parents, Diawara originally moved to France to study acting, and appeared in several films before picking up the guitar and start writing her own songs. Songs that blend Wassalou traditions of Southern Mali with international influences. She has performed and recorded with Oumou Sangar, AfroCubism, Dee Dee Bridgewater (on Red Earth: A Malian Journey), and the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. The EP Kanou was released May 9, 2011, and her debut album Fatou from World Circuit Records was released in September 2011. Fatoumata has been hailed as the African newcomer of the year. On stage, she showcase her guitar work and fluid, soulful vocals on a series of easygoing but gently rhythmic ballads, helped by an impressive band lead by guitarist Mah Kouyaté. Her range includes funk, jazz and the music of Mali’s Wassoulou region.

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