Introducing a fresh new talent with a unique sound, a bagful
of beautiful self-penned songs and a tumultuous life story
behind her, Fatoumata Diawara’s debut EP ‘Kanou’, was
recently released on World Circuit on May 9 2011.
Tall, superbly poised and elegant, with an iridescent smile,
this sometime star of African film draws elements of jazz
and funk into an exquisitely sparse contemporary folk sound
refracting the rocking rhythms and plaintive melodies of
her ancestral Wassoulou tradition through an instinctive pop
sensibility. At the centre of the music is Fatou’s warm,
affecting voice, spare, rhythmical guitar playing and
gorgeously melodic songs that draw powerfully on her own
often troubled experience.
Born in Cote d’Ivoire, raised in Mali, now based in Paris,
and still only 29, Fatou has had a life covering a whole
gamut of contemporary African experience: fighting parental
opposition to her artistic ambitions and the cultural prejudice
faced by women throughout Africa, winning success as an
actress in film and theatre, before finding her feet in the
medium she was always destined to make her own: music.
Fatou’s EP will be followed by her full length album ‘Fatou’,
released 19 September 2011.