Sometimes it's actually really nice to take out the curves a bit, leave the comfort zone a bit, feeling a bit snowed in on rock music right now ... but to find music that still has some references to that you have closest to your heart's very positive. You have probably noticed by now that I have broad musical taste. and you do not really know what's coming next day, a bit like a Kinderegg. Today we are flying over to Mali, a country that is just is bursting with music.
Fatoumata Diawara (born 1982) is a Malian musician currently living in France. Born in the Ivory Coast. She plays guitar and composing her own material, writing songs that blend Wassalou traditions of Southern Mali with international influences. Noted for her distinct "sensuous voice," she has performed and recorded with Oumou Sangaré, AfroCubism, Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou.
She will visit Sweden on 5 th August for a gig at the Stockholm Music & Arts
Todays tune "Bissa", taken from the debut album "Fatou", was released in September 2011. The album was recorded following a successful acting career and tours as a backing singer with Diawara's mentor Oumou Sangaré, who brought her to the attention of World Circuit Records and to whom the song, "Makoun Oumou" is dedicated. Sung in the Malian language Wassoulou and backing herself on guitar, Diawara explores themes of war, abandonment of children and female circumcision (Boloko) supported by contributions from West African virtuosi Tony Allen (drums) and Toumani Diabaté (kora) as well as Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.
More info @
Official Fatoumata Diawara Web
Official Fatoumata Diawara MySpace
Listen to ”Fatoumata Diawara - Bissa" on Spotify here!