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Heal Your Soul: Fatoumata Diawara's Favourite Music
Adam Quarshie , April 29th, 2020 09:09

Acclaimed Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara talks Adam Quarshie through her favourite records, explaining the influence of powerful female vocalists from both the United States and from Mali's Wassoulou region.


Mathieux Chedid, Toumani Diabaté & Fatoumata Diawara - Lamomali
We did this collaboration with Toumani and Mathieux, a French artist. We met on the road, at different festivals. Mathieux is big in France - He's like Damon Albarn in the UK. I loved this project because it was my first time collaborating with a French artist. It's also a different type of singing. It's very fragile, nobody did it before: singing in French and singing in Bambara. It was difficult to find the middle. But in the end it worked, so I'm really proud of this project.

Did it do well in France?

Yes, very very famous. Still today, people talk about this project everywhere I go. People still ask: 'when are you going to go back on stage with this?'. I would, if we could. The problem is we are all busy, working on our own records. We were touring for two years. It was a long tour, so afterwards, we wanted to do something else. I had my album, Fenfo and Mathieux and Toumani also had theirs, everybody was working on their own project. But it was a beautiful experience.