Fatoumata Diawara

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Fatoumata Diawara
Fatoumata Diawara - Festival du Bout du Monde 2012 - 016 - edit.jpg
Fatoumata Diawara, August 2012
Background information
Born 1982 (age 32–33)
Origin Côte d'Ivoire
Genres Folk Wassoulou
Occupation(s) Singer
Labels World Circuit/Nonesuch
Website www.fatoumatadiawara.com

Fatoumata Diawara (born 1982 in Ivory Coast) is a Malian musician currently living in France.


Born in Côte d'Ivoire to Malian parents, Diawara moved to France to pursue acting, appearing in Cheick Oumar Sissoko's 1999 feature film La Genèse, Dani Kouyaté's popular 2001 film Sia, le rêve du python, in the internationally renowned street theatre troupe Royal de Luxe, and played a leading role in the musical Kirikou et Karaba.[1] She later took up the guitar and began composing her own material, writing songs that blend Wassalou traditions of Southern Mali with international influences.[2] Noted for her "sensuous voice,"[3] she has performed and recorded with Oumou Sangaré,[4] AfroCubism,[5] Dee Dee Bridgewater (on Red Earth: A Malian Journey),[6] and the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou.[7] The EP Kanou was released May 9, 2011, and her debut album Fatou from World Circuit Records was released in September 2011.[8] (Nonesuch Records released the Kanou EP digitally in North America on September 27, 2011, and the album Fatou on August 28, 2012.)[9]

In September 2012, she featured in a campaign called "30 Songs / 30 Days" to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book.[10] September 2012 also saw her board the Africa Express Train with Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal, Amadou and Mariam, Nicolas Jaar, and the Noisettes, amongst many others. The show culminated in a 4.5k venue in Kings Cross where Fatoumata performed with Paul McCartney[11]

Fatoumata has spent the last year touring the world,[12] culminating in a landmark performance at Glastonbury 2013.[13] Alongside many European gigs her schedule has taken her to South America and Asia,[14] as well as on multiple trips to the US, where in September she performed as part of the Clinton Global Initiative alongside The Roots in New York.[15]


Fatoumata Diawara band performing at the World Beat Music festival. Austin, Texas, 2013





  • 2011: Kanou EP (World Circuit - Album)


  1. ^ Chabasseur, Eglantine. "Fatoumata Diawara Reinvented", RFI musique, April 8, 2009, accessed June 8, 2011.
  2. ^ [1], BBC Radio 3, November 13, 2010, accessed June 8, 2011.
  3. ^ Forgan, Kat. “Staff Brenda Bilili”. “Songlines”, July 2011, p.104-105.
  4. ^ Cummings, Tim. "Oumou Sangare, Barbican Hall, London", The Independent, April 28, 2009, accessed June 8, 2011.
  5. ^ Phillips, Glyn. "AfroCubism", WorldMusic.co.uk, accessed June 8, 2011.
  6. ^ Stoudmann, Elisabeth. "Fatoumata Diawara: Nouvelle deesse malienne". Vibrations, June 2011
  7. ^ Denselow, Robin. "Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: Cotonou Club", The Guardian, March 24, 2011, accessed June 8, 2011.
  8. ^ Denselow, Robin (September 15, 2011). "Fatoumata Diawara: Fatou – review". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Fatoumata Diawara". Nonesuch.com. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  10. ^ http://www.halftheskymovement.org/blog/entry/30-songs-30-days-for-half-the-sky1
  11. ^ Jonze, Tim. "The African journey is over – but what an amazing ride". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  12. ^ "Past Dates". Bands in Town. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  13. ^ Morgan, Andy. "Mali hits Glastonbury: Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara and more". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  14. ^ "Past Events". Bands in Town. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  15. ^ "2013 Clinton Global Citizen Awards". Clinton Global Initiative. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  16. ^ http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/archives/ficheFilm/id/100009821/year/2014.html

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