Events

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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Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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