Fatoumata Diawara Fatou (2011)

Fatoumata Diawara — Fatou (2011)

Fatoumata Diawara — Fatou
Location: Bamako, Mali ~ Paris, France
Genre: Folk Wassoulou
Album release: September 19, 2011 / September 29 in France
Record Label: World Circuit Records (http://www.worldcircuit.co.uk/)
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01.) Kanou   3:51
02.) Sowa   3:07
03.) Bakonoba   3:14
04.) Kele   3:08
05.) Makoun Oumou   4:36
06.) Sonkolon   3:31
07.) Alama   3:34
08.) Bissa   3:03
09.) Mousso   3:17
10.) Wilile   4:51
11.) Boloko   3:33
12.) Clandestin   3:56
Fatoumata Diawara - vocals/guitar/calabash/shaker
Ousmane Keita- kamale ngoni
Boris Persikoff - keyboard
Alioune Wade - bass
Fatoumata Diawara - vocals
Guimba Kouyate - guitar
Seb Rochford - drums
Sonny - bass   
Fatoumata Diawara - vocals/guitar
Moh Kouyate - electric guitar
Seb Rochford - drums
Sola Akingbola - percussion
Hilaire Penda- bass
Fatoumata Diawara - vocals/guitar/clave/shaker
Moh Kouyate- electric guitar
Madou Kone - calabash
Sola Akingbola - congas
Jon Grandcamp - drums
Leon Richard - bass
Fatoumata Diawara - vocals/guitar/oudou/shaker
Guimba Kouyate - ngoni
Seb Rochford - drums  
Hilaire Penda - bass
Fatoumata Diawara - vocals/guitar/shaker
Moh Kouyate - electric guitar
Guimba Kouyate - ngoni
John Paul Jones - bass
Fatoumata Diawara vocals/guitar
Fatoumata Diawara - vocals/guitar
Thomas Grommaire - guitar
Sola Akingbola - drums/congas
Papus - bass
Fatoumata Diawara - vocals/guitar
Moh Kouyate - electric guitar
Tony Allen - drums
Sola Akingbola - congas
Hilaire Penda - bass
Fatoumata Diawara - vocals/guitar
Guimba Kouyate - guitar
Toumani Diabate - kora
Jon Grandcamp - drums 
Alioune Wade - bass
Fatoumata Diawara - vocals/guitar/shaker/karyniang
Moh Kouyate - electric guitar
Guimba Kouyate - ngoni
Seb Rochford - drums
Hilaire Penda - bass
Fatoumata Diawara - vocals/guitar/claps
Moh Kouyate - electcric guitar
Francis Arnaud - drums
Hilaire Penda - bass
¶  A World Circuit Production
¶  All songs by Fatoumata Diawara
¶  Produced by Nick Gold & Fatoumata Diawara
¶  Recorded by Sonny and Marc Loisel
¶  Recorded at Livingston Studios, London and Popcorn Lab, Paris
¶  Additional recording by Lucas Chauviere, Boris Persikoff and Christophe Marais
¶  Mixed by and additional production by Sonny
¶  Mixed at Livingston Studios, London
¶  Assistant recording and mix engineer Dan Ingall
¶  Mastered by Guy Davie at Electric Mastering
¶  Additional mastering by Tony Cousins and Bernie Grundman
¶  Song Notes by Fatoumata Diawara
¶  Translation of lyrics by Wilfred Willey
¶  Thanks to all the people who believe in me. Oumou Sangaré, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Boris Persikoff and Popcorn Lab, Adboulaye Traoré, Nick Gold, Albert Nijmolen and World Connection, Jean-Louis and all the Sagot-Duvauroux family, Alioune Iffra N'Diaye and Blomba, Jean-Luc Courcoult, Anne-Marie Vennele, Michel Ocelot, Victor Bosch, the Tomaselli family, Marc Loisel, Serial P, Gyom Toma, Myriam Boughanem, Cristel, Guimba Kouyate, Alioune Wade, Jon Grandcamp, Madou Kone, Thomas Gromaire, Moh Koyate, Francis Arnaud, Thibaut Brandalise, Guy N'Sangue, Patrice Larose, Fafa Ruffino, Roseline Belinga, Blick Bassy, Hilaire Penda, Ousmane Keita, Maggie Doherty, Agnès Thomas, Sefou, Jean-Hervé Michel, Clementine Bunel, Bakary Diawara, Djeneba Konaté and all the Diawara family, Toumani Diabaté, Tony Allen, Hannah, Olivier, Naomi, Seb and Jennie from World Circuit, and Tim Jenkinson at Livingston Studios. And to everyone else in my life who I haven‟t named here – you know who you are.
Other info:
¶  Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara (aka Fatou) was born in the Ivory Coast in 1982 then raised in Mali. As a child she became a member of her father's dance troupe and was a popular performer of the wildly flailing didadi dance from Wassoulou, her ancestral home in western Mali. She was an energetic and headstrong girl and at the age of twelve her refusal to go to school finally prompted her parents ...to send her to live and be disciplined by an aunt in Bamako. She was not to see her parents again for over a decade.
¶  Her aunt was an actress, and a few years after arriving, Fatou found herself on a film set looking after her aunt's infant child. The film's director was captivated by Fatou's adolescent beauty and she was given a one line part in the final scene of the film 'Taafe Fangan' ('The Power of Women'). This led to her being given a lead role by the celebrated director Cheick Omar Sissoko in his 1999 film 'La Genèse' (Genesis).
¶  At the age of eighteen Fatou travelled to Paris to perform the classical Greek role of Antigone on stage. After touring with the production she returned to Mali where she was given the lead in Dani Kouyaté's popular 2001 film 'Sia, The Dream of the Python'. ¶  The film tells the story of a West African legend called Sia, a young girl who defies tradition. To many in Mali, Guinea, Senegal and Burkina Faso, Fatou is Sia thanks to the film's enormous success throughout the region.
Offers for further acting roles poured in but Fatou's family wanted her to settle down and marry and forced her to announce, live on Malian television, that she was abandoning her career as an actress.
¶  In 2002 Jean-Louis Courcoult, the director of the renowned French theatre company, Royale de Luxe, travelled to Bamako to offer Fatou a part in his new production. An unmarried woman is considered a minor in Malian society so her family's permission was required. They refused. After much soul searching Fatou took the daring decision to run away and at Bamako airport she managed to board a plane for Paris, narrowly escaping the pursuit of the police who had been alerted to the girl's 'kidnapping’.
¶  With Royal de Luxe Fatou performed a variety of roles around the world including tours in Vietnam, Mexico and throughout Europe. During rehearsals and quiet moments she took to singing backstage for her own amusement. She was overheard by the director and was soon singing solo during the company's performances. ¶  Encouraged by the reception from audiences she began to sing in Parisian clubs and cafes during breaks from touring. Here she met Cheikh Tidiane Seck the celebrated Malian musician and producer who invited her to travel with him back to Mali to work on two projects as chorus vocalist; 'Seya' the GRAMMY nominated album by Mali's star Oumou Sangaré and 'Red Earth' the GRAMMY winning Malian project by American jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater. When the albums were released Fatou toured worldwide as singer and dancer with both projects.
¶  On her return to France Fatou took the role of Karaba in the popular touring musical 'Kirikou and Karaba'. She was encouraged to take the role by her friend Rokia Traore who also inspired her to take up the guitar: "To me it was a wonderful and daring thing: a Malian girl with an acoustic guitar. Why should the guitar be only for men?" Fatou bought herself a guitar and started to teach herself, and at the same time began to write down her own compositions.
¶  She made the decision to dedicate herself to her passion, music. She worked to complete an album's worth of songs and started recording demos for which she composed and arranged all the titles, as well as playing guitar, percussion, bass and singing lead and harmony vocals. An introduction from Oumou Sangaré resulted in a record deal with World Circuit and the recording of her debut album.
¶  Between recording sessions she found time to collaborate on Damon Albarn's Africa Express and contribute vocals to albums by Cheikh Lô, AfroCubism, Herbie Hancock's GRAMMY winning Imagine Project and Orchestra Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou.
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Fatoumata Diawara Fatou (2011)