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Fatoumata Diawara, Malian Singer/Songwriter

  • Fatoumata Diawara Photo: Youri Lenquette

    Fatoumata Diawara
Photo: Youri Lenquette

Carrying on Mali’s rich musical traditions, Fatoumata Diawara performs a joyous amalgamation of the vibrant and the understated in songs about love, politics, and empowerment. This Malian-raised, Parisian singer/songwriter brings elements of jazz, pop, and funk to her compositions, accompanying her voice with rhythmical guitar playing and her own percussion work. Her distinctly African spin on the contemporary folk sensibility has found an enthusiastic audience; Diawara’s 2011 debut album topped European world-music charts for six months and she was named to TIME's 2012 list of "the best in world music.”

Performing Arts Type

  • Music


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