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i recently came across the ENERGETIC music of MALIAN singer-songwriter FATOUMATA DIAWARA and was completely floored by the EMOTIVE quality of her voice. its the first new music ive heard in a long while that made me absolutely NOSTALGIC for my middle school years in NIGERIA. just that brief three-year period of my life when all the BEAUTIFUL and tragic complications of life in WEST AFRICA completely transformed my understanding of REALITY. that and discovering completely new sounds in FELA KUTI, KING SUNNY ADE and LAGBAJA as a teenager.
FATOUMATA DIAWARA has a sound that feels FOLK-based with some incredibly LUSH modern production flourishes (some courtesy of DAMON ALBARN as of late) but with a sense of FORWARD PROPULSION centered around AFRICAN POLYRHYTHMIC drum patterns. its a sound that feels completely MODERN while maintaining some TRADITIONAL ELEMENTS setting the foundation and aligning it with an WEST AFRICAN aesthetic and deep musical roots that have long influenced and even transformed western music and culture.
i love it and ive been listening to her music nonstop for a week now. i look forward to new music from her in the future and diving deeper into her pre-existing catalogue. FATOUMATA DIAWARA is definitely a musician to watch out for and well worth checking out.