The queen of new African music Fatoumat Diawar for the first time in Croatia!
This versatile singer-songwriter, actress and activist is preparing a big spectacle on November 24th, 2021 in Boogaloo!
The price of a limited contingent of early bird tickets is 150 kuna, after that it will cost 175 kuna, and if there are any left, it will be 200 kuna a day. Pre-sale start information will be available soon.
Fatoumata was born in 1982 in Ivory Coast, but grew up in Bamako, the capital of Mali, a country that has established itself as one of the most prolific and prominent when it comes to promoting African music worldwide (Salif Keita, Ali Farka Toure, Oumou Sangare, Tinariwen, Rokia Traore…). “In Mali, music is at every turn. We listen to music all the time and everyone knows how to sing. Music is key in our lives. ”
Nine years ago she released her first album “Fatou” and to this day she has collaborated with names such as Herbie Hancock, Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn, Flea and Disclosure, and has also sung a duet with Paul McCartney. Her second album “Fenfo” earned two nominations at last year’s Grammy Awards where she also had the honor of performing. “The performance at the Grammy was more important to me than the nominations themselves. It is important to me that young people from Mali see that one woman can perform there. ”
Her music can be described as a mixture of Wassoulou sound, afropopa with the influences of American blues. Over time, she became a top guitarist, and she says that “I was forced to do that because musicians would cancel my performances at the last minute if they were paid more money elsewhere.” On this occasion, she will be joined on stage by excellent musicians: Sekou Bah (bass), Jean Baptiste Ekoué Gbadoe (percussion), Arecio Smith (keyboards) and Yacuba (guitar).
She started her acting career at the age of 14, so far she has acted in 12 films, of which “Timbuktu” should be highlighted by director Abderrahman Sissako, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2014. As an activist, she stood out in the fight against human trafficking, especially in Libya. She recorded the song “Djonya” about that, which in the language of Bambara means slavery.
From all of the above, it is more than clear that Fatoumata Diawara is a unique phenomenon in the world of music and that this spectacle in Boogaloo simply should not be missed!