Fatoumata Diawara has been awarded the ‘Newcomer’ award in the Songlines Magazine annual poll. The awards, voted by Songlines readers and the general public, endeavour to celebrate and acknowledge the myriad of musical talent across the world. There are four categories: Best Artist, Best Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Newcomer.
Fatoumata has recorded two new videos; one for ‘Sowa’ and another for ‘Kèlè’. ‘Kèlè’, a song about war, was recorded in the response to the deepening political situation in Fatoumata’s home country of Mali.
View Sowa Here
View Kèlè Here.
Fatoumata performed at the Guardian Open Weekend in March with guitarist Romeo Stoddart from The Magic Numbers. You can watch it here.