Fatoumata Diawara

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Edinburgh international festival returns with music-heavy lineup
With theatre and dance scaled back, music dominates, including concerts from Simon Rattle, Damon Albarn, Nicola Benedetti and Laura Mvula

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

02, Jun, 2021 @11:28 AM

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Madonna, Motown and Mongolian metal: the music to listen out for in 2020
The queen of pop gets intimate, Taylor Swift feels the sunshine and Stormzy takes on the world … plus, classical celebrations begin for Beethoven’s 250th

Alexis Petridis and Andrew Clements

01, Jan, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Walthamstow Garden Party review – glorious sets from world music's finest
Fatoumata Diawara, Dona Onete and Seun Kuti gave a powerful demonstration of their musical skills on the Barbican-curated stage

Robin Denselow

17, Jul, 2018 @8:56 AM

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Best albums of 2018 so far
Lily Allen dished on her divorce, Arctic Monkeys found their inner crooners, Cardi B earned her stripes, Pusha T teamed up with Kanye West and the Vaccines made an unexpected classic

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

20, Jun, 2018 @6:00 AM

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Fatoumata Diawara: Fenfo review – a seductive marriage of ancient and modern
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Kitty Empire

03, Jun, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Africa Express in Marseille - review

The music collective rolled into town with performances from Bassekou Kouyate, Jupiter Bokondji and Damon Albarn, among many others, who kept the crowd going all night

Caspar Llewellyn Smith

24, Oct, 2013 @2:26 PM

Mali hits Glastonbury: Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara and more

Andy Morgan: When music was banned in Mali, the organisers of Glastonbury festival swung into action and invited the country's top acts over. Here's what to look out for

Andy Morgan

18, Jun, 2013 @5:37 PM

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Fatoumata Diawara gathers Malian supergroup to record peace song

Group calling themselves Voices United for Mali, featuring Amadou and Mariam, Oumou Sangaré, Bassekou Kouyaté, Vieux Farka Touré, Toumani Diabaté and many others, release song called Peace in response to country's troubles

Caspar Llewellyn Smith

18, Jan, 2013 @11:58 AM

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Mali's magical music

Music is central to Mali's identity – and yet the conflict there has led to it being widely banned. Here, African and western artists pick their favourite tracks from this most musical of nations

Ian Birrell, Robert del Naja, Baaba Maal, Emily Eavis, John Paul Jones, Nick Gold, David Harrington, Baloji, Pee Wee Ellis, Femi Kuti, Jon McClure, Angelique Kidjo, Johnny Marr, Michael Nyman, Spoek Mathambo, Romeo Stodart, Ludovico Einaudi and Cerys Matthews

18, Jan, 2013 @7:00 AM

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Best albums of 2012, No 10: Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man in the Universe

Caspar Llewellyn Smith: For his first record in more than a decade, Bobby Womack teamed up with Damon Albarn and producer Richard Russell to make an album that amounted to a career resurrection

Caspar Llewellyn Smith

03, Dec, 2012 @2:02 PM

Africa Express: Paul McCartney and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage part two - video

The Africa Express tour, featuring over 80 musicians including Damon Albarn and Baaba Maal, finished its epic tour of the UK by train with a gig at Granary Square in King's Cross in London. Among the special guests on the night was Sir Paul McCartney, who joined the collective to play two old Wings songs – and you can see footage here in this exclusive film

Renaud Barret and Florent de La Tullaye

15, Sep, 2012 @11:00 AM

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Fatoumata Diawara: 'We can present our culture in a new way'

The Malian singer on her hopes for African music and the Africa Express 2012 tour. Interview by Neil Spencer

Interview by Neil Spencer

25, Aug, 2012 @11:08 PM

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