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Wednesday July 18, 2018

From The Guardian

Walthamstow Garden Party review – glorious sets from world music’s finest
By: Robin Denselow

Walthamstow Garden Party is always a relaxed free family event, but this year, its main, Barbican-curated stage boasted a quite remarkable lineup. Fatoumata Diawara, the Malian singer-songwriter, was making her most high-profile appearance in the UK since releasing her second album, Fenfo, and mixed energy and easygoing charm with a powerful demonstration of her husky vocal skills. She opened slowly, with solo electric guitar on the elegant Don Do, before hurtling into a set that included the funky Negue Negue (“my version of Afrobeat”), an upbeat treatment of the thoughtful Sowa, and an inspired reworking of Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground. It was a glorious set.

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