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LISTENING MIX // Fatoumata Diawara

LISTENING MIX // Fatoumata Diawara

Playing tracks by

Fatoumata Diawara, Dur-Dur Band, Juana Molina, Damian Marley & Nas, Hafusa Abasi & Slim Ali & The Kikulacho Yahoo Band and more.

With effective simplicity, much of her work functions like a train running on its track. These songs groove at consistent tempos until arriving back to their introductory seed. When listening to this music, I am struck by its relatively neutral harmony, creating feelings which are neither obviously happy or sad. At the forefront, Diawara has an insistent and animated voice, occasionally sending out speedy rap-like melodies or pentatonic embellishments. Second to the voice, the guitars are catchy, and regularly display angular and intervallic motifs. For this LISTENING MIX, I’ve brought together the afro-disco chants of Dur-Dur Band, the intricate sound tapestries of Argentinian singer Juana Molina, the sunny pop-riffs from all-female Indonesian group Dara Puspita, and more!



Very much enjoying this - it just came up after I was listening again to my interview with Fatoumata Diawara from 6 years ago in the light of her forthcoming European tour and new album release. Thank you mixcloud and well done Sean! Here is the link to my interview i am hoping to interview Fatoumata Diawara again when she is in London - or maybe in Morocco ... ;)


Fatoumata Diawara / Sowa / 0:0
Dur-Dur Band / Dooyo / 3:13
Fatoumata Diawara / Sonkolon / 7:05
Juana Molina / Micael / 10:30
Fatoumata Diawara / Makoun Oumou / 13:39
Damian Marley & Nas / Patience (Sabali) / 18:16
Fatoumata Diawara / Mousso / 24:03
Hafusa Abasi & Slim Ali & The Kikulacho Yahoo' Band / Sina Raha / 27:25
Dara Puspita / Ali Baba / 32:16
Fatoumata Diawara / Alama / 34:41
Rokia Traoré / Koronoko / 38:21