Sounds from the Sahel: Mali Track of the Week

Fatoumata Diawara – Kanou

Another great track from World Circuit Records, “Kanou” provides a great summary of what makes Fatoumata Diawara‘s work so good. Despite her relatively young age, Diawara has grown to be a very important and influential artist on the African music scene. She has a professionalism and drive that has made her a leading voice in Mali’s political affairs. She was also one of the Malian big-guns that was parachuted in with the rest of the Africa Express to help revive Mali’s music scene.

This professional drive carries over into her music. Her music is always excellently produced and on this track in particular the guitar and percussion gently and effortlessly glides together in such a deliberate fashion. Finely tuned but still natural and warm at its very core. It makes for delightful listening.

 

Fatoumata Diawara – Kanou

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