Fatoumata Diawara: Fenfo Something To Say

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We were never not going to like this: Diawara played with/on AfroCubism (the original idea of the Bueno Vista Social Club album) and with Benin’s Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou — two of our most-played world albums — as well as Herbie Hancock, and she combines the roots sound of the more traditional bands with an RnB / pop sound.

Born in Cote d’Ivoire and raised in southern Mali, Diawara moved to France to pursue acting but later took up guitar, singing in her native Wassoulou language.

This is world music for people who like pop. While it’s got that world / Afrobeat sound, it’s also got a slick Western radio-friendly appeal, the hypnotic sound of dance music coupled with a more club-friendly beat. Chilled and relaxing rather than ground-breaking.


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