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1 Kanou 3:53
2 Sowa 3:07
3 Bakonoba 3:15
4 Kèlè 3:08
5 Makoun Oumou 4:35
6 Sonkolon 3:31
7 Alama 3:34
8 Bissa 3:04
9 Mousso 3:18
10 Wililé 4:49
11 Boloko 3:34
12 Clandestin 3:58

Fatou

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    Singer/songwriter Fatoumata Diawara’s debut album, Fatou, will be released in North America by World Circuit / Nonesuch Records on August 28, 2012. Diawara, who was raised in Mali and now lives in Paris, has been receiving rave reviews since the album’s release in the UK and Europe last year. The Telegraph calls her “the most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time” and says “this stylish debut doesn’t put a foot wrong,” while the Times of London says “the air of wistful, understated beauty draws you in,” and Mojo calls her a “spell-weaving new voice.” The album was #1 on the European world music chart for six months. Watch the official video for the album track "Bissa" below.

    Diawara fought her parents’ opposition to her artistic career, and her culture’s attitudes toward women, to act in theater and film before beginning her musical career. She sang backup for, among others, fellow Malian and labelmate Oumou Sangare before striking out on her own.

    Diawara uses elements of jazz, pop, and funk along with her ancestral Wassoulou tradition in her songwriting and arrangements, accompanying her voice with rhythmical guitar playing and her own percussion work. Her lyrics touch on such serious and personal subjects as female circumcision, a woman’s right to choose her spouse, and the songwriter’s own painful experience with the African practice of being raised away from her parents.

    John Paul Jones (bass), Toumani Diabate (kora), and Tony Allen (drums) all make guest appearances on Fatou. Damon Albarn and Herbie Hancock also have shown their appreciation for Diawara’s music; she has performed with Africa Express, AfroCubism, and Hancock’s Imagine project. In addition to her own constant global touring, Diawara performed as part of Albarn’s new project Rocket Juice and the Moon this past fall. (Albarn’s super-group features himself, Tony Allen, and Flea.) Diawara played a main role in the live shows and is featured on several tracks on the studio album of the same name. She also recorded a track with soul veteran Bobby Womack for his album The Bravest Man in the Universe.

    Credits

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    A World Circuit Production
    All songs by Fatoumata Diawara
    Produced by Nick Gold and Fatoumata Diawara
    Recorded by Sonny and Marc Loisel
    Recorded at Livingston Studios, London, and Popcorn Lab, Paris
    Additional recording by Lucas Chauviere, Boris Persikoff and Christophe Marais
    Mixed by and additional production by Sonny
    Mixed at Livingston Studios, London
    Assistant recording and mix engineer Dan Ingall
    Mastered by Guy Davie at Electric Mastering
    Additional mastering by Tony Cousins, Bernie Grundman, Jerry Boys and Tom Leader

    Artwork by House @ Intro
    Cover Photograph by Youri Lenquette

    MUSICIANS
    Fatoumata Diawara, vocals (1-12), guitar (1, 3-12), calabash (1), shaker (1, 4-6, 11), clave (4), oudou (5), karyniang (11), claps (12)
    Ousmane Keita, kamel ngoni (1)
    Boris Persikoff, keyboard (1)
    Alioune Wade, bass (1, 10)
    Guimba Kouyate, guitar (2, 10), ngoni (5, 6, 11)
    Seb Rochford, drums (2, 5)
    Sonny, bass (2)
    Moh Kouyate, electric guitar (3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12)
    Seb Rochford, drums (3, 11)
    Sola Akingbola, percussion (3), congas (4, 8, 9), drums (8)
    Hilaire Penda, bass (3, 5, 9, 11, 12)
    Madou Kone, calabash (4)
    Jon Grandcamp, drums (4, 10)
    Leon Richard, bass (4)
    John Paul Jones, bass (6)
    Thomas Grommaire, guitar (8)
    Papus, bass (8)
    Tony Allen, drums (9)
    Toumani Diabate, kora (10)
    Francis Arnaud, drums (12)

    Format availability

    This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.

on June 26, 2012 - 11:29am
Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

531209

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
Artist Name: 
Fatoumata Diawara
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597961553BUN
Price: 
16.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597961546
Price: 
11.00
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597961546FL
Price: 
12.00
Label: 
FLAC (Lossless)
Description: 

Singer/songwriter Fatoumata Diawara’s debut album, Fatou, will be released in North America by World Circuit / Nonesuch Records on August 28, 2012. Diawara, who was raised in Mali and now lives in Paris, has been receiving rave reviews since the album’s release in the UK and Europe last year. The Telegraph calls her “the most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time” and says “this stylish debut doesn’t put a foot wrong,” while the Times of London says “the air of wistful, understated beauty draws you in,” and Mojo calls her a “spell-weaving new voice.” The album was #1 on the European world music chart for six months. Watch the official video for the album track "Bissa" below.

Diawara fought her parents’ opposition to her artistic career, and her culture’s attitudes toward women, to act in theater and film before beginning her musical career. She sang backup for, among others, fellow Malian and labelmate Oumou Sangare before striking out on her own.

Diawara uses elements of jazz, pop, and funk along with her ancestral Wassoulou tradition in her songwriting and arrangements, accompanying her voice with rhythmical guitar playing and her own percussion work. Her lyrics touch on such serious and personal subjects as female circumcision, a woman’s right to choose her spouse, and the songwriter’s own painful experience with the African practice of being raised away from her parents.

John Paul Jones (bass), Toumani Diabate (kora), and Tony Allen (drums) all make guest appearances on Fatou. Damon Albarn and Herbie Hancock also have shown their appreciation for Diawara’s music; she has performed with Africa Express, AfroCubism, and Hancock’s Imagine project. In addition to her own constant global touring, Diawara performed as part of Albarn’s new project Rocket Juice and the Moon this past fall. (Albarn’s super-group features himself, Tony Allen, and Flea.) Diawara played a main role in the live shows and is featured on several tracks on the studio album of the same name. She also recorded a track with soul veteran Bobby Womack for his album The Bravest Man in the Universe.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

On her debut album, singer/songwriter Fatoumata Diawara—whom the Telegraph calls “the most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time” and Mojo calls a "spell-weaving new voice"—uses elements of jazz, pop, and funk along with her ancestral Wassoulou tradition. John Paul Jones, Toumani Diabate, and Tony Allen all make guest appearances. Uncut gives Fatou four stars; Pitchfork calls it "beguiling." The Washington Post says "her well-crafted songs are quietly powerful."

FormatRestrictions: 

This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
A World Circuit Production
All songs by Fatoumata Diawara
Produced by Nick Gold and Fatoumata Diawara
Recorded by Sonny and Marc Loisel
Recorded at Livingston Studios, London, and Popcorn Lab, Paris
Additional recording by Lucas Chauviere, Boris Persikoff and Christophe Marais
Mixed by and additional production by Sonny
Mixed at Livingston Studios, London
Assistant recording and mix engineer Dan Ingall
Mastered by Guy Davie at Electric Mastering
Additional mastering by Tony Cousins, Bernie Grundman, Jerry Boys and Tom Leader

Artwork by House @ Intro
Cover Photograph by Youri Lenquette

MUSICIANS
Fatoumata Diawara, vocals (1-12), guitar (1, 3-12), calabash (1), shaker (1, 4-6, 11), clave (4), oudou (5), karyniang (11), claps (12)
Ousmane Keita, kamel ngoni (1)
Boris Persikoff, keyboard (1)
Alioune Wade, bass (1, 10)
Guimba Kouyate, guitar (2, 10), ngoni (5, 6, 11)
Seb Rochford, drums (2, 5)
Sonny, bass (2)
Moh Kouyate, electric guitar (3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12)
Seb Rochford, drums (3, 11)
Sola Akingbola, percussion (3), congas (4, 8, 9), drums (8)
Hilaire Penda, bass (3, 5, 9, 11, 12)
Madou Kone, calabash (4)
Jon Grandcamp, drums (4, 10)
Leon Richard, bass (4)
John Paul Jones, bass (6)
Thomas Grommaire, guitar (8)
Papus, bass (8)
Tony Allen, drums (9)
Toumani Diabate, kora (10)
Francis Arnaud, drums (12)