Press Quotes

“One of the finest, most inventive female singers in Mali… a classy affair that demonstrates her impressive musical range” World Album of The Month ★★★★ The Guardian

“When you see her owning the stage and putting the audience under her artistic magic spell, it’s impossible not to perceive that she’s the latest African music diva in the making.” Rythm Passport

“Malian artists have dominated the world-music scene of late. Some of them have been unduly  hyped, but this singer and guitarist deserves all the plaudits.” The Sunday Times

“This charismatic, statuesque 28 year-old former actress from Mali looks likely to be the next breakout star from African music…these are strong, simple songs with emotions that transcend language.” Uncut

“There’s sorrow, longing, worry, sympathy and determination in Ms. Diawara’s voice.”—The New York Times

“['Nterini'] is a subtle, affecting reminder of the global migration crisis.”—NPR Music

“Fatoumata Diawara brings the music of Mali to your ears with this gorgeous track ['Nterini']…the guitar doesn’t even sit on top of the music, it is just out in left field doing its own thing with total autonomy from the melody of the song.”—Refinery29

“['Nterini' is] a powerful new music video.—KQED/NPR

“Diawara’s voice is strong yet light and effortless throughout. The production is phenomenal with a great balance between an electronic and acoustic sound, which gives it a modern touch.”—Afropop Worldwide

“Whisper it gently, but some of the West African music attracting so much attention lately hasn’t lived up to the hype. This France-based singer song-writer is definitely an exception” The Sunday Times

“Spell-weaving new voice from West Africa” MOJO **** (4/5)

“Malian newcomer Fatoumata Diawara looks set for major stardom” The Independent

“…the air of wistful, understated beauty draws you in” The Times **** (4/5)

“Get used to the name ­ it will be a household one” Jazzwise **** (4/5)

“Just when you thought Mali couldn’t possibly produce any more extraordinary new musical stars, here’s another” Songlines

“One of the most exciting talents Iąve heard in a long time” Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 1

“One of the most dynamic voices in Afropop…9 out of 10”—PopMatters

“undoubtedly one of the greatest young singers in Mali”—World Music Central

“A rising new star from Mali.  She has the most gorgeous voice, a fantastic sense of melody and her guitar playing fuses spare blues, folk and funk. Go see her.” The Guardian

“Sensational. A hypnotic performer” Metro

“The exciting new face of Malian music, and one we’ll be seeing a lot more of” Jazzwize

“Fatoumata Diawara est l’une des grandes voix de l’Afrique d’aujourd’hui.” France Inter

“sometimes funky, sometimes rooted, stylistically wide-ranging and therefore with a self-confident link to the future.” Stereoplay

“courageously experimental but respectful of her roots” Folker

“Experimenting, young, talented and successful.” TonArt

“An unified album that can only be enhanced with the experience of a live concert!” Africa Positive

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« l’une des plus belles voix de la musique Africaine moderne » Agefi Life

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