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RISING MALIAN ARTIST FATOUMATA DIAWARA RETURNS WITH FENFO (SOMETHING TO SAY), OUT MAY 18 ON SHANACHIE ENTERTAINMENT

Rising Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and acclaimed actress Fatoumata Diawara is set for the release of her second solo full length album Fenfo (which translates as “Something to Say”), out May 18 on Shanachie Entertainment. In celebration of the forthcoming album, NPR Music is premiering the video for the album’s first single “Nterini,” directed by Ethiopian photographer and contemporary artist Aïda Muluneh whose work is slated to appear in the “Being: New Photography 2018” exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art later this month. Watch it via YouTube at http://bit.ly/FatoumataDiawara_Nterini.

Diawara will support the long-awaited album with a slate of performances in select North American cities; see below for a list of dates.

Having performed with some of the biggest names in contemporary music, including Bobby Womack, Herbie Hancock, Roberto Fonseca, Amadou & Mariam, Oumou Sangaré, Toumani Diabaté, Flea and many more, Diawara most recently appeared at Carnegie Hall alongside David Crosby, Chris Thile, Snarky Puppy and others for an evening of topical protest music. Rolling Stone noted that, “the singer and guitarist, originally from Mali, provided two of the night’s most striking moments. Her ode to the power of women, ‘Mousso,’ sung in her native language, was hypnotic, and her captivating stage spins enhanced her anthemic ‘Unite.’”

Of the direction of her new music, Diawara comments, “I didn’t want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage. But I wanted a modern sound because that’s the world I live in. I’m a traditionalist but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences but communicate them in a different style.” She continues, “Fenfo expresses how I feel and how I want to sound. It’s a record that says who I am.”

In addition to the Aïda Muluneh-directed “Nterini” video, the music on Fenfo is accompanied by Muluneh’s photography. Both the photo and video shoot took place in the remote Afar region of Ethiopia, to which archeologists have traced the origin of humanity.

FATOUMATA DIAWARA LIVE

April 8

San Francisco, CA

SFJAZZ Center Miner Auditorium

April 12

Toronto, CA

Koerner Hall

April 13

Pittsburgh, PA

The Warhol Museum

April 14

Germantown, MD

BlackRock Center for the Arts

April 16

Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Bowl

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