Fatoumata Diawara is a Malian actor, singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy Award nominee currently living in France. She received two nominations at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for Best World Music Album for her album Fenfo and Best Dance Recording for Ultimatum in which she was featured with the English band Disclosure.
Fatoumata Diawara was born in the Ivory Coast to Malian parents. As an adolescent, she was sent her back to their native Bamako in Mali to be raised by an aunt. When she was eighteen, Diawara moved to France to pursue acting. She briefly returned to Mali for a film role, but fled back to Paris to avoid being coerced into marriage by her family.
Diawara later took up the guitar and began composing her own material, writing songs that blend Wassoulou traditions of southern Mali with international influences.
Fatoumata Diawara will be playing two shows tonight at Listening Room with all proceeds going to benefit schools in Sierra Leone.
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