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TIME Names Fatoumata Diawara Among "Best in World Music This Year"

Fatoumata Diawara: "Fatou" [cover]

The Malian-raised, Parisian singer/songwriter Fatoumata Diawara, whose debut album, Fatou, was released in North America in August on World Circuit / Nonesuch Records, has been named among the ten artists in TIME's list of "the best in world music this year." The list was assembled by Darek Mazzone, host of WoPop, a weekly look at modern global music at KEXP in Seattle.

"Her debut album Fatou ... is enchanting and blissful," Mazzone says of Diawara. "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. She has collaborated with Herbie Hancock and Blur’s Damon Albarn, and her album features none other than Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones on bass."

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To pick up a copy of Fatou on CD, MP3, and lossless FLAC, head the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include a download of the complete album at checkout.


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