April 18, 2014 · 7:00 PM
This location is shown only to members
This is the first event in "Mali Weekend" at the Nourse. (This show is followed by the legendary desert trance-blues band Tinariwen on Saturday. If anyone wants to go to that, too (or are already going) - suggest it - and I'll likely join you!)
Tickets from $25, here:
Extending Mali's rich musical tradition, Fatoumata Diawara presents a joyous mix of the vibrant and understated, combining songs about love, politics, and empowerment. With arresting melodies soaring over intricate guitar and drum arrangements, and inspired by the Wassoulou tradition, jazz, and blues, Fatoumata Diawara has created her own contemporary folk sound, with a distinctly African spin on the female singer-songwriter.
Fatoumata Diawara (aka Fatou) was born of Malian parents in the Ivory Coast in 1982. As a child she became a member of her father's dance troupe and was a popular performer of the ancestral Wassoulou dance from her home in western Mali.
Damon Albarn, Toumani Diabaté, Herbie Hancock, and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones are just a few of the major players who have fallen for Diawara's effortless musical charm, as her presence has lit up shows in Europe by Africa Express, AfroCubism, and Hancock's Imagine project.