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Fatoumata Diawara Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (19 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Circuit
  • ASIN: B005BO2L9I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kanou
2. Sowa
3. Bakonoba
4. Kèlè
5. Makoun Oumou
6. Sonkolon
7. Alama
8. Bissa
9. Mousso
10. Wililé
11. Boloko
12. Clandestin

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning debut by Africa's latest star 30 Dec 2011
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Joyful and reflective in equal measure, Fatou is a superb debut album by this hugely talented Paris-based Malian sensation. My album of the year for 2011, first impressions were confirmed when seeing her at London's Jazz Cafe. Fatoumata Diawara is simply superb - soulful vocals, delicate and intricate guitar playing, backed up by rythmic percussion - the album has everything. From the beautiful, reflective tracks, Wilile and Clandestin, to the catchy dance tracks, Bakonoba and Bissa (single from the album), this album has something for everyone who loves African music. Highly recommended
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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The autumn leaves are falling, you go to work in the dark and return in the dark and the winter chill seems poised to enter our lives. Why not therefore get a final blast of summer before the permafrost descends by purchasing this vibrant feast of Malian music from the brilliant Fatoumata Diawara who recently stole the show on Jools Holland. Hailing from Southern Mali and singing in her native Wassoulou language, Diawara determined to make it as an actress in Paris but found that the draw of music proved a far stronger primal urge. The loss to the Thespian profession is music lovers massive gain since "Fatou" is a stunning record full of colour, verve, rhythm and excitement. It is one of the best African music LPs you will hear but it is also much more than that. The swirling melodic guitars of this record combined with the multilayered vocals show a real soul/funk sensibility at work combined with lyrics which we are told pulse with the concerns of social justice not least denouncing arranged marriage and female circumcision. What some might see as a language barrier in terms of lyrical understanding actually adds to the sheer beauty of the record since it makes for an entrancing backdrop and the musical force of the songs carries all in their wake.

The laid-back funky opener "Kanou" is a fine start with its hypnotic vocal and pulsating bass interwoven with gentle acoustic guitar lines which dance around the song like a summer breeze. The second song in is "Sowa" which is irresistible and hugely commercial, indeed it is surprising that Western singers are resisting the temptation to draw inspiration from this deep well.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful debut...... 19 Sep 2011
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This debut album is truly delightful. Combining lovely melodies with strong, simple rhythms, delicate guitar-playing and striking vocals, Fatoumata Diawara marks herself out as a rising star of modern Malian singer-songwriters. There are serious messages to a number of her songs (the lyrics are translated in the extensive liner notes), including Bissa (arranged marriage) and Boloko (female circumcision), but there is just as much of the bright & playful side of Fatou on Bakonoba and her ode to love - Kanou. The album has been beautifully produced, as you would expect from World Circuit, and that allows Fatou & her songs to simply shine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but ...................... 16 July 2012
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Fatoumata Diawara was an entirely new name to me until I heard her play live with her group at this year's Jazz a Vienne festival and then appear as a backing singer in Bela Fleck's African project. Performing live, Diawara immediately grabbed the attention of the audience with a her wonderful voice and she had most people up and dancing, despite the mid-day heat, well before the set had reached any sort of climax. Her band were superb and the combination of her blightly coloured clothes and exuberant dancing ensured guaranteed that her set was a memorable spectacle. Difficult to be anything less than enthusiastic about this performer in these circumstances.

Listening to this CD, however, it is difficult not to be slightly disappointed as good as it is. The excitement of the live performance is replaced with more reflective material with lyrics that reflect socially charged subjects. Compared to the anodine dross served up by the woeful Melody Gardot who also performed live at the festival, this is most demonstrably "real" music. Although my main passion is jazz, I love singers such as Angelique Kidjo and this record doesn't quite have the range of styles or moods that the Beninoise is capable of. It is less "commercial" and refuses to tip it's hat towards even Western pop or jazz in the way that Kidjo is able to - the older woman perhaps being a more sophisticated performer in a number of styles. The music is extremely well played and there are moments "Bakanoba" where the music captures the live experience but this is a more restrained effort overall and a bit more reflective than her performance on stage would suggest. Many of the themes have a snakey feel to them with the melodic lines twisting and turning over the odd-meters .
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars music for the soul 29 Oct 2011
By Kevw
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I first saw Fatoumata Diawara on Jools Hollands Later and immediately ordered the album.
I was not disappointed - it is a beautifully simple and calming album which whilst not too demanding of the listener has depth and longevity.
My 6 and 8 year old daughters love it too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 18 July 2013
By Martin
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I have had this on constantly since I got it yesterday, about 6 times (back to back) so far. Really enjoyable, just sad that it has taken me so long to find out about her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent all round
Published 1 month ago by Paul Vittle
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music with a beautiful voice
If you like African music then you will greatly enjoy Fatou. If you are new to this genre then it is a good place to start. Read more
Published 7 months ago by StevenJS
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I saw her on the BBC Glastonbury set. Very impressed. Checked her out on Youtube, and bought the album. So good. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Williamson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fatou
A lovely mellow piece of work - very easy on the ear & none too adventurous but a welcome addition to my world music collection
Published 11 months ago by Annie g
5.0 out of 5 stars soul foul
I love her voice and the beats. I feel chilled out and energized all at the same time by this beautiful collection of uplifting soul foul sounds that bring back to my motherland. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hanat Balimuttajjo
5.0 out of 5 stars Infectious
This music plants the African landscape in your imagination and invites you to party in it. This is a lovely upbeat collection of exquisitely played guitar based songs. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fatou Diawara's promising debut
This fine 2012 debut from Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara showcases her distinctive melodic voice singing her own songs in her native Bambara tongue with themes as serious as... Read more
Published 15 months ago by The Guardian
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely voice
If you like world music this is really nice. I saw a review of Malian music on the Guardian web site, and this appealed to me.
Published 16 months ago by Dank
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I went to see her in London last month and ordered the CD. I was not disappointed and love it.
Published 16 months ago by Ms. S. Bagenal
5.0 out of 5 stars so sweet
lovely voice and music - calming and happy. Good to listen to after a long hard day when you need soothing
Published 17 months ago by natben12
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