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

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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