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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.


Ella Fitzgerald  - Blue Moon
Ella Fitzgerald - I love her voice! She's very strong, she's beautiful. The words are so poetic, the image of the blue moon. I like to listen to those women [Nina, Billie and Ella] because they're very relaxed when they sing. At the same time, there's something boiling inside. I recognise myself in them because when you listen to my records, I'm a very relaxed girl, very simple. But behind all that kindness, behind the soft voice, there's something very heavy. I'm still in love with this feeling. They've got the real blues - the blues voice, feeling and soul.