Skip directly to content
journal

Video: Fatoumata Diawara Performs "Clandestin" for the Guardian

  • Friday, December 2, 2011
    Video: Fatoumata Diawara Performs "Clandestin" for the Guardian

    Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara, whose debut EP, Kanou, was released earlier this year in North America on Nonesuch Records, recently performed one of the songs on the EP, “Clandestin,” for the latest in the Guardian’s series “How I wrote …” Diawara discusses the various influences behind her music including jazz, blues, rock, and her native Wassoulou, and the inspiration for “Clandestin” in particular, before performing the song. The song also appears on Diawara’s debut album, out in Europe on World Circuit Records. Watch the Guardian performance below.

    In her music, Diawara has created her own unique contemporary folk sound, giving a distinctly African spin to the concept of the female singer-songwriter. "Like her mentor [Oumou] Sangaré," says the Financial Times, "Diawara combines feminist social conscience with effortless melodic charm." The Daily Telegraph calls her "the most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time." Kanou, her debut EP, includes four tracks plus the video for the song "Bissa” and is available digitally in North America in the Nonesuch Store, Amazon, and iTunes.

    Watch Fatoumata Diawara perform “Clandestin” here via the Guardian:

nonesuch's picture
on December 6, 2011 - 2:12pm
Excerpt: 

Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara, whose debut EP, Kanou, was released earlier this year, performed one of the songs on the EP, “Clandestin,” for the latest in the Guardian’s series “How I wrote …” Diawara discusses the various influences behind her music including jazz, blues, rock, and her native Wassoulou, and the inspiration for “Clandestin” in particular, before performing the song. Watch the performance here.

Copy: 

Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara, whose debut EP, Kanou, was released earlier this year in North America on Nonesuch Records, recently performed one of the songs on the EP, “Clandestin,” for the latest in the Guardian’s series “How I wrote …” Diawara discusses the various influences behind her music including jazz, blues, rock, and her native Wassoulou, and the inspiration for “Clandestin” in particular, before performing the song. The song also appears on Diawara’s debut album, out in Europe on World Circuit Records. Watch the Guardian performance below.

In her music, Diawara has created her own unique contemporary folk sound, giving a distinctly African spin to the concept of the female singer-songwriter. "Like her mentor [Oumou] Sangaré," says the Financial Times, "Diawara combines feminist social conscience with effortless melodic charm." The Daily Telegraph calls her "the most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time." Kanou, her debut EP, includes four tracks plus the video for the song "Bissa” and is available digitally in North America in the Nonesuch Store, Amazon, and iTunes.

Watch Fatoumata Diawara perform “Clandestin” here via the Guardian:

Publish date: 
Friday, December 2, 2011 - 09:30
Article Type: 
featuredimage: 
Fatoumata Diawara: "Clandestin," Guardian, Dec 2011

Post new comment