Fatoumata Diawara has packed a lot of experience
into her 28 years. Born in Ivory Coast of Malian parents, she achieved local fame as a dancer before moving to Bamako in her early teens and starting an acting career. Amongst other work, she starred in Cheikh Oumar Sissoko's film La Genese. Moving to Paris in her early twenties she spent six years touring internationally with the theatre troupe Royal de Luxe, going on to star in the musical Kirikou et Karaba, while recording and touring with Oumou Sangare and writing her own film script. All of which has fuelled her passion to develop her own music, composing, arranging and playing her own material, blending Wassalou traditions and wider influences into a spacious acoustic environment where the warm tones of her voice can glissade and glide.