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Music Musings – Fatoumata Diawara

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Compared with Angelique Kidjo, Fatoumata Diawara from Mali was performing this week in Mumbai and is today’s Music Musings feature!

Fatoumata Diawara (Photo: Wikipaedia)

Fatoumata Diawara (Photo: Wikipedia)

Now living in Paris, Fatou’s singing, guitar, dancing and theatricality was mesmerizing. Her sound clearly reflects her Wassaoulou tradition in a folk pop way that deftly weaves a bit of funk, jazz and rock for good measure.

It’s been some time since we’ve seen such a brilliant performer – not just musically talented but also puts on a show. Warms up the audience, charms, beguiles, engages, captivating one and all completely. A born story-teller, she spoke of war, women’s rights, and embracing the world traveling by choice or forced by circumstance.

One of the most entertaining numbers was when she decided to teach everyone the different dance styles of Africa and proceeded to go region and country by country demonstrating each with such joy and abandon!

A video of one of her better known songs:

For more music and information, check out:

Now Fatou was WELL worth seeing. Pssst! Folks in Canada, she’s coming there early 2014 so don’t miss!

Fatou at blueFROG Mumbai, 28 Nov 2013

Fatou at blueFROG Mumbai, 28 Nov 2013

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  1. Fatoumata sounds like a special performer. I’ll have to search for her ‘moves’ on youtube now. 🙂

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