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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,431 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 By DJ Red Snapper on 30 Dec 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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 By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Oct 2011
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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 By mac&cheese on 19 Sep 2011
Format: Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 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 By Kevw on 29 Oct 2011
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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 By Martin on 18 July 2013
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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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