Fatoumata Diawara

Malian actress, musician and activist Fatoumata Diawara blends ancient and modern African styles on her latest album FENFO.

Fatoumata Diawara

About Fatoumata Diawara

Born in the Ivory Coast to Malian parents, singer-songwriter and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara, or Fatou for short, boldly flies the flag for modern African music. Since her 2011 debut album, Fatou, she has collaborated with Mulatu Astatke, Gorillaz, Bobby Womack and Herbie Hancock, honouring her traditional roots while exploring contemporary styles.

More recently, she shared the stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall with the likes of David Crosby and Snarky Puppy, in an evening of topical protest songs. Rolling Stone said that Diawara’s performance provided two of the night’s most striking moments and that her ode to the power of women, Mousso, was hypnotic. Her International Festival appearance promises to be just as compelling.

Location: Edinburgh Park, Lochside Way, Edinburgh, EH12 9GG

This year's contemporary music programme takes place at our purpose-built outdoor venue in Edinburgh Park.

Our outdoor venues are covered, but you should come dressed appropriately for the weather, including suitable footwear for walking across grass.

The venue is accessible by tram, bus, parking at Heritage Gate parking, and Ingliston Park and Ride. See below for more information.

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