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Tuesday December 24, 2019

From Chicago Sun-Times

Fatoumata Diawara shares the sounds of Mali, where ‘music is everywhere’
By: MARY HOULIHAN

“Fatoumata Diawara is a striking presence on stage. A year ago at the Grammy Awards, adorned in a bright yellow headwrap, a mass of brightly colored necklaces and bracelets and a red electric guitar, she became the first artist from the African nation of Mali to perform at the ceremony.

It was Diawara’s rendition of ‘Negue Negue,’ from her Grammy-nominated album ‘Fenfo,’ that instantly swept up the audience into her brand of Malian music, a soulful blend of Wassoulou folk music and spiritually infused Afropop.

‘It was unbelievable and a great honor to perform as an African woman,’ Diawara says, in a phone conversation from her home in Italy. ‘For me it was even more important than the nominations. It was important for young people in Mali to see a female artist up there.’”

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