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Born in Côte d'Ivoire to Malian parents, Fatoumata Diawara moved to France to pursue acting. She later took up the guitar and began composing her own material, writing songs that blend Wassalou traditions of Southern Mali with international influences. Noted for her sensuous voice, she has performed or recorded with Malian and international greats such as Cheick Tidiane Seck, Oumou Sangaré, AfroCubism, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roberto Fonseca, Mayra Andrade and Omara Portuondo. In 2011, she released her debut album, Fatou, for which she composed and arranged all songs, as well as played guitar, percussion, bass, vocals and harmony vocals. Fatoumata has spent the recent years touring the world to great critical acclaim. Her recent featured role in the documentary Mali Blues by filmmaker Luz Gregor has brought her music and her plight to even greater audiences worldwide.
Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara is about the best of a new breed of African poet-chanteuse, and the most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time. An accomplished actress and huskily graceful singer, she projects her strong, simple songs with effortless poise." - The Telegraph