Fatoumata Diawara at Savannah Music Festival

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Wednesday April 03, 2019

From Connect Savannah

Savannah Music Festival Review: Noura Mint Seymali and Fatoumata Diawara
By: Jim Morekis

One of the great services the Savannah Music Festival provides every year is bringing in a variety of world music to town – particularly African music – that Savannah wouldn’t ordinarily get a chance to experience. […] The Malian star Fatoumata Diawara took the stage with her band of young musicians, who lent her traditional stylings a modern feel.

As a key trade corridor between three continents for millennia, Mali is one of the great centers of music on the planet. The north African nation represents a brilliantly balanced, organic cultural crossroads of sub-Saharan African music traditions, Arabic/Islamic genres, and European influences.

All of these were fully recognizable and present in Diawara’s high-energy set, punctuated by frequent stage patter involving themes of cooperation, diversity, and the breaking down of all artificial barriers between people.

Often at Savannah Music Festival concerts, even high-energy ones, the crowd can be a bit sedate. So it was particularly fun to see a spirited group of attendees dancing nearly the entire evening.

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