Fatoumata Diawara (MLI)
19:30 - 23:59
Her CV is mighty impressive: She is one of the most important voices in modern-day African music, has played festivals like Glastonbury, shared the stage with musicians such as David Crosby and Sir Paul McCartney, toured with Damon Albarn’s Africa Express and spent time in the studio with Bobby Womack, Herbie Hancock and Mulatu Astatke. Born in Mali, the globe-trotting Fatoumata Diawara is a musician and actress who transcends the boundary between tradition and modernity. On her records she blends electric guitar with traditional African stringed instruments like the Kora and Ngoni, consciously sings in her mother tongue, Bambara, and incorporates traditional percussions alongside conventional drums. Her latest album, recorded in Mali, Burkina Faso, Paris and Barcelona, is called «Fenfo» and combines this array of influences. It is an organic, timeless work on which hypnotic vocals and melodic sounds deal with the complex topics of migration, love, respect and war.