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Fatoumata Diawara Live In London With Roberto Fonseca

Malian songstress Fatoumata Diawara will be headlining a show at the Barbican Centre in London on May 30 with Roberto Fonseca


Malian soul singer Fatoumata Diawara will be headlining a show at London's Barbican Centre on May 30. The singer will be joined by Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca for an exciting and sensuous collaboration. The two will explore the interconnections between Cuban and Malian music by providing a colorful intermix of Fonseca's rhythmic Afro-Cuban compositions and Diawara's honeyed vocals. Diawara and Fonseca have worked together previously on Fonseca's record YO, and will be presenting their latest collaboration At Home during the show. French-Israeli singer, Yael Naim, is also slated to perform; she'll be playing a unique blend of French, English, Hebrew and Creole influenced indie-soul music. Check out some footage from Diawara and Fonseca's last live performance and revisit our Okayafrica TV episode featuring Fatoumata Diawara and The Roots below. Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show on our Facebook page.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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