A Malian goddess with a gentle, velvety voice, Fatoumata Diawara is one of West Africa's best-kept secrets. Her music, shaped by collaborations with artists such as ToumaniDiabaté, Herbie Hancock, and Dee-Dee Bridgewater, offers a subtle blend of Mandinka with jazz and blues influences. Her visit to the Centre for Fine Arts is in the context of a European tour to promote her first album, Fatou.
Fatoumata Diawara, vocals, guitar
Martin Grenier, guitar
Corine Thuy Thy, back vocals
Jean Baptiste Gbadoe, drums
Jean Alain Hohy, bass
The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts Website
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