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Fatoumata Diawara

Carnegie Lecture Hall

$20/$15 members & students

In partnership with The Warhol: Sound Series and PANDEMIC

“Music is at the heart of everything,” says Fatoumata Diawara, known as “Fatou.” Acclaimed actress of film and theater and a celebrated singer, songwriter, and activist for peace in Mali, Fatou will be performing her sweet smoky rhythms that originated from a homeland she escaped but one in which her art still resides. The moral authority of music is difficult to overstate socially, culturally, or politically in Mali, a West African nation ranked among the world’s poorest yet home to some of the richest musical traditions in the world.

Fatou's much-anticipated spring 2018 record follows her critically acclaimed debut album Fatou (2011), which was the No.1 album on the world music charts for six months in 2011.

Join Fatou as she reveals her passion for her homeland and for social justice through her music.


“Her beguiling and often hypnotic rhythm is informed by the swagger of camels in a caravanserai making their way across one of the great deserts of Africa.”