Fatoumata Diawara – Ivory Coast via Mali with lots of influence

The latest album to arrive with me is one of those gems that I find myself driven to writing about and sharing with all the readers of this blog. Fatoumata is (at the time of writing) a 30 year rising star of world music. Her singing is a mix of Malian grooves, some more reminiscent of the earlier tracks on Rokia Troure’s difficult to find album release “Mouneissa”. Other tracks give a sense of New Mali, as exported by current artists such as Vieux Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate, with energetic grooves (check Sowa and Bakonoba (the video is featured on this page). Which label managed to capture this rising star and do a fantastic job getting it down onto recorded media for us all? World Circuit of course, protecting and storing the cultural heritage of modern world music. You can find the album “Fatou” online through Amazon, or other world music specialists.

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