Playing tracks by
Aicha Kone and Fatoumata Diawara.
What a treat to meet Fatoumata Diawara - who in my view is one of the finest artists recently emerged in the world's gaze. 'Fatou' on World Circuit is a gem, on stage she is astounding. We discussed her fierce independence and the trail blazed by Oumou Sangare (I gave OS her 1st UK gigs 20 years ago!); Fatoumata is a true artist saying she is in the service of music she doesn't own it - do listen closely she has a very fine turn of phrase and it is from the heart; She could have chosen to be a 'Diva with nails' instead she prefers to share real issues of making choices in love, challenging female circumcision, the different experiences of young people from the previous generation, social issues for Mali; she said she hoped that the new regime in Mali would not spoil everything; and shared her distinct taste in music. It's in French however very clear - My translation only touches the surface - go deeper and LISTEN!!! Broadcast 1/07/12 on Resonance FM See www.african-essence.com