Fatoumata Diawara – Kokoro (Wagram
Fatoumata Diawara - Kokoro
Music/3eme Bureau) 

Release Date: Out Now

I’ve never liked the phrase ‘world music’ – we have one world so surely all music is world music – but I fear this latest release from Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara may be pigeon holed as such. Call ‘Kokoro’ what you want but for me it’s just an intensely beautiful piece of music full of layers, textures and rich tones. From the feistily strummed acoustic notes and ambient electric guitar notes to Diawara’s elegantly soulful voice and the kind of bass that just pops up and grabs you by the shoulders, you’ll need to listen to this track at least five times before you even begin to get the hang of everything going on. Diawara has found a groove and if you don’t follow her in to that groove then you are missing out in a big way.

Live Dates:

13th May – Guitar Fest, Barcelona
19th May – Corbak Festival, La Chaux-du-Milleux
26th May – Massala Festival, Hannover
31st May – International Africa Festival, Wurzburg
3rd June – Odean, Lyon
8th June – Festival Musik a Pile, Saint-Denis-De-Pile
22nd June – Festival d’Essaouira Gnaoua Essouira, Morocco
24th June – Etnojazz Poland, Wroclaw
28th June – Fort Kleber, Wolfisheim
29th June – Kulturzentrum Tollhaus E.V., Karlsruhe
1st July – Fort Kleber, Wolfisheim
8th July – Rudolstadt Festival, Rudolstadt
11th July – Theatre Verdiere, La Rochelle
14th July – Festival Cruilla, Barcelona
22nd July – Place des Tonneliers, Meze
27th July – La Mar de Musicas, Cartagena
28th July – Iboga Summer Festival, Valencia
5th August – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
8th August – Chapiteau, Marciac
24th August – Roi Arthur Festival, Montfort
25th August – Les Galletes du Monde, Saint Anne-D’auray
26th August – Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, Wuppertal
6th October – Joshua Tree Music Festival, California
1st November – Oslo World Music, Oslo
11th December – Le Trianon, Paris
2nd February – L’aqueduc, Dardilly