Singer-songwriter-actress Fatoumata Diawara has been in numerous films, musicals, and a multi-media project called Half the Sky. Teaching herself to play guitar, she began writing her own songs and has been juggling music and acting ever since. She’s known for her signature blend of folk and wassoulou, a West African traditional form most often performed by women.
Her parents were originally from Mali, but Diawara was born in Ivory Coast. She relocated to Paris to pursue acting, with her first film role coming in 1999’s Genesis. In 2011, she released the album, Fatou, following up with At Home - Live in Marciac with Roberto Fonseca, Her most recent record is Fenfo, which The Guardian called “a seductive marriage of ancient and modern.” Diawara has received multiple Grammy nominations and is treasured by fans around the world.