Fatoumata Diawara Plays Her First-Ever Cleveland Concert

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Saturday January 18, 2020


Modern African Singer Fatoumata Diawara Plays Her First-Ever Cleveland Concert Next Week at the Cleveland Museum of Art

“Modern African singer and dancer Fatoumata Diawara says the negativity in the world at the moment makes her think of her current tour as an antidote to the bad news we hear every day.

‘At this time, people are a little depressed because of all the information in the world, but after the show, they’re like, ‘Wow,’‘ says an exuberant Diawara via phone from a tour stop in Italy. She makes her first-ever appearance in Cleveland at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Cleveland Museum of Art. ‘I’m happy because this is how I see the music. It’s supposed to make people happy, and it’s working now. People talk about my smiling. It’s something totally natural to me. I smile and welcome [my audience] because you are you, and I am me, and we are one. [My approach] just says, ‘I love you guys.’‘

Born on the Ivory Coast, Diawara grew up in Mali and began to absorb the country’s musical traditions at an early age.”

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