Fatoumata Diawara Seeking Wider Appeal

Fatoumata Diawara – Fenfo (Shanachie, 2018)

Fenfo is the second solo album by Malian vocalist, songwriter, guitar player and actress Fatoumata Diawara. She is undoubtedly one of the greatest young singers in Mali and her vocal work throughout Fenfo is outstanding.

Musically, Fenfo is meant to appeal to a broader audience. There is a mixture of rootsy songs and pop. Although you can find some Malian percussion and a kamale kngoni on one track, most of the album features prominent electric guitars and some collaborations French cellist Vincent Segal.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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