Fatoumata Diawara is a Malian musician currently living in France.
Fatoumata Diawara was born on 1982 in Ivory Coast | Côte d’Ivoire.
Born in Côte d’Ivoire to Malian parents, Diawara moved to France to pursue acting, appearing in Cheick Oumar Sissoko’s 1999 feature film La Genèse, Dani Kouyaté’s popular 2001 film Sia, le rêve du python, in the internationally renowned street theatre troupe Royal de Luxe, and played a leading role in the musical Kirikou et Karaba.
Fatoumata Diawara later took up the guitar and began composing her own material, writing songs that blend Wassalou traditions of Southern Mali with international influences.
In September 2012, she featured in a campaign called “30 Songs / 30 Days” to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book.
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