Fatoumata Diawara

@ The Miracle Theater

Wednesday April 19, 2023

07:00 PM - 11:00 pm

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Noted for her “sensuous voice,” Diawara sings primarily in Bambara, the national language of Mali, and builds on the tradition of “songs of advice” from the culture of her ancestral Wassoulou region. In her songs, Diawara has addressed issues such as the pain of emigration; a need for mutual respect; the struggles of African women; life under the rule of religious fundamentalists, and the practice of female circumcision. One song that exemplifies her focus on these topics is “Mali-ko (Peace/La Paix)”, a seven-minute song and video that criticises the fundamentalist conquest of Northern Mali and urges unity to quell resentment against the Tuareg minority whom some blamed for abetting the incursion. Diawara said about the song, “”I needed to scream with this song, ‘Wake up! We are losing Mali! We are losing our culture, our tradition, our origins, our roots!””

Wednesday April 19, 2023

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Cover: $39.89