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on September 16, 2015 - 11:48am

St Germain

on April 24, 2015 - 3:03pm

Fatoumata Diawara

on August 23, 2011 - 10:05am

Fatoumata Diawara (a.k.a. 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 wildly flailing didadi dance from Wassoulou, her ancestral home in western Mali. She was an energetic and headstrong girl and at the age of 12 her refusal to go to school prompted her parents to send her to live and be disciplined by an aunt in Bamako. She was not to see her parents again for more than a decade.

Her aunt was an actress, and a few years after arriving, Diawara found herself on a film set looking

David Byrne

on May 29, 2008 - 7:06pm

David Byrne, known as the force behind Talking Heads and later as creator of the highly-regarded record-label Luaka Bop, also works as a photographer, film director, author, and solo artist; he has been publishing and exhibiting visual art for more than a decade.

Grown Backwards was Byrne’s first Nonesuch Records release. “There are a few artists today who are so original in what they do that one can truly say they sound like no one else in the world,” says label president Robert Hurwitz. “This is what we have always felt about David Byrne, and this is how we feel about Grown Backwards, his

Ry Cooder

on May 29, 2008 - 7:06pm

Nonesuch / Perro Verde Records release Ry Cooder’s first live record in more than 35 years, Live in San Francisco, on September 10, 2013. Recorded in 2011 during a special two-night engagement at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, the album includes 12 songs and was produced by Cooder. The Corridos Famosos band includes Joachim Cooder on drums; Robert Francis on bass; vocalists Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, and Juliette Commagere; Flaco Jimenez on accordion; and the ten-piece Mexican brass band La Banda Juvenil.