http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/fatoumata-diawara-gathers-malian-artists-as-voices-united-for-mali-record-song-for-peace-2013-01-18January 18, 2013|0 comments
In response to the current situation in Mali, Fatoumata Diawara has gathered together over 40 of Mali’s most renowned musicians in a studio in Bamako to record a song and video calling for peace titled "Mali-ko" (Peace / La Paix). Known collectively as Voices United for Mali, the group includes Amadou & Mariam, Oumou Sangare, Toumani Diabate, Afel Bocoum, Bassekou Kouyate, Vieux Farka Toure, and others. Watch the video and read the lyrics and their translation here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Videofatoumata diawarahttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/watch-fatoumata-diawara-globalfest-set-featured-npr-all-songs-considered-2013-01-16January 16, 2013|0 commentsWatch: Fatoumata Diawara's Globalfest Set Featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered"; "Undoubtedly One of the Breakout Stars"
Fatoumata Diawara performed a set at the 10th annual Globalfest at NYC's Webster Hall on Sunday. The event is the subject of this week's episode of NPR's All Songs Considered, focused on the festival's "highlights and favorite discoveries," Diawara among them. "Undoubtedly one of the breakout stars of this year's edition of globalFEST, the Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara had the crowd wrapped around her finger," reports NPR. "Gifted with enormous stage presence and great looks, Diawara put on a tightly choreographed set that screamed with energy and edged towards rock and funk." The New York Times includes her among "this year’s superb African contingent at Globalfest." Watch an excerpt of her performance here via NPR.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Videofatoumata diawarahttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/watch-fatoumata-diawara-unveils-video-clandestin-from-her-debut-album-fatou-2012-12-17December 17, 2012|0 comments
Fatoumata Diawara's debut album, Fatou, was released earlier this year to critical acclaim. Now comes the release of a new music video for the album track "Clandestin," which addresses issues of immigration. "They are called 'illegals,' but I call them warriors as it’s not easy to leave everything behind and to trust in the unknown. In Bambara, we call them nomads," says Diawara. "This song is dedicated to all the brothers who die on this trip and to those who have already left!" Watch the video here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Videofatoumata diawarahttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/nonesuch-artists-make-years-best-lists-from-rolling-stone-npr-music-american-songwriter-2012-12-05December 05, 2012|0 comments
Following last week's insight on the year's best in music according to Uncut, Mojo, and Paste, which featured several Nonesuch artists, come three more noteworthy year-end lists from Rolling Stone, NPR Music, and American Songwriter. They tip their respective hats to artists including Amadou & Mariam, Dr. John, Randy Newman, Fatoumata Diawara, Jeremy Denk, Lianne La Havas, and Punch Brothers.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsfatoumata diawarahttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/time-names-fatoumata-diawara-among-best-world-music-this-year-2012-10-24October 24, 2012|0 comments
The Malian-raised, Parisian singer/songwriter Fatoumata Diawara has been named to TIME's list of "the best in world music this year." "Her debut album Fatou, released in North America in August, is enchanting and blissful," says KEXP's Darek Mazzone, who assembled the list for TIME. "Her well-crafted songs are often light and breezy, but her soulful voice brings a bluesy depth and potency that can stop you in your tracks."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsfatoumata diawarahttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/watch-fatoumata-diawara-talks-nbc-4-new-york-nonstop-sound-2012-10October 16, 2012|0 comments
Fatoumata Diawara recently concluded a US tour featuring music from her debut album, Fatou. The Malian-raised, Parisian singer/songwriter made stops across the country, including NYC, where she performed at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. There, Diawara spoke with NBC 4 New York’s Nonstop Sound about her tour, her time in the city, and her strong connection to the cultural traditions of Mali. Watch the piece here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Video Televisionfatoumata diawarahttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/fatoumata-diawara-launches-us-tour-featuring-songs-from-her-debut-album-fatou-2012-09-20September 20, 2012|0 commentsFatoumata Diawara Launches US Tour Featuring Songs from Her Debut Album, "Fatou"; "Prepare to Be Smitten" (PopMatters)
Fatoumata Diawara kicks off her US tour, featuring music from her debut album, Fatou, at the Cityfolk Festival in Dayton, Ohio, tonight, followed by stops in Bloomington, Chicago, New York City, Boston, Washington, DC, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. Her new album is "a joyous mix of vibrant songs about love, politics and empowerment," says the Chicago Sun-Times. "Fatou is a rare gift of a record for fans of African pop, female vocalists and generally outstanding music," raves PopMatters. "Prepare to be smitten." Diawara has just been nominated for a MOBO Award for Best African Act.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsfatoumata diawarahttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/watch-fatoumata-diawara-video-bakonoba-from-debut-album-fatou-2012-09-13September 13, 2012|0 comments
Fatoumata Diawara, whose debut album, Fatou, was released in North America late last month, has now released a music video for the album track "Bakonoba." The video was directed by Sam Birt and produced and edited by OLO Creative Farm. Watch it here. Diawara, who was raised in Mali and now lives in Paris, recently completed a five-day tour with Africa Express and will launch a tour of the US on September 20.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Videofatoumata diawarahttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/emmylou-harris-rokia-traore-fatoumata-diawara-oumou-sangare-support-half-the-sky-free-download-2012-09-10September 10, 2012|2 commentsEmmylou Harris, Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara, Oumou Sangare Support "Half the Sky" With Free Downloads
Emmylou Harris, Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara, and Oumou Sangare are participating in 30 songs / 30 days, in which female musicians from around the world have come together to support the Half the Sky movement. Through the 30 songs / 30 days project, one song per day is available to download for the month of September and leading up to the October 1 & 2 premiere of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a four-hour PBS documentary inspired by the widely acclaimed book of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Video Web/Technology Televisionfatoumata diawarahttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/fatoumata-diawara-debut-album-fatou-out-now-north-america-2012-08-28August 28, 2012|0 comments
Singer/songwriter Fatoumata Diawara’s debut album, Fatou, is out now in North America. Diawara has been receiving rave reviews since the album’s release in the UK and Europe last year. The Telegraph 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 New York Daily News includes Fatou among the Top 10 Things on CD this week. Diawara will tour the US in September, following a tour of the UK with Africa Express.