In the last decade, many artists have emerged from the sizzling West African music environment and made furore at concert venues around the world. We are proud to present one such star for our audience during this year's festival.
The actor, singer and songwriter Fatoumata Diawara from Mali has had a soaring career since her debut in 2011.
Diawara already had a career as an actor in theater and film when it was discovered that she could sing. Her producer persuaded her to contribute on Dee Dee Bridge Waters album Red Earth, and the rest is history. Diawara has been tremendously successful with her albums and has also collaborated with Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn African Express, Mulatu Astatke and Herbie Hancock to name a few.
Her concerts are a feast for the senses - vibrant, energetic and colorful, but also filled with variety and content. Diawara concert at the Oslo World Music Festival recently by Dagsavisen reviewer described as "a pure demonstration of energy".