BBC Music - "Fatoumata Diawara"

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Monday July 16, 2018

From BBC Music

Fatoumata Diawara
By: Cerys Matthews

Fatoumata Diawara has been hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music. With her new album, Fenfo, she takes her artistry to fresh and thrilling heights. Boldly experimental yet respectful of her roots, it is a record that defines her as the voice of young African womanhood ‘” proud of her heritage but with a vision that looks confidently to the future and a message that is universal.

The songs on Fenfo ‘” sung mostly in Bambara – cover such timeless subjects as respect, humility, love, migration, family and how to build a better world for our children. ‘I didn’t want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage,’ she explains. ‘But I wanted a modern sound because that’s the world I live in. I’m a traditionalist, but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences, but communicate them in a different style.”

Listen to the interview on BBC Music here