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World Music Institute Presents Fatoumata Diawara

April 29, 8 pm11 pm.

WMI is thrilled to welcome award-winning Malian singer, guitarist, actor, and social activist Fatoumata Diawara back to NYC following her 2018 appearance at our Festival of Mali, also co-presented with Brooklyn Bowl, as well as the 2014 Africa Now! Festival at the historic Apollo Theater. Like her fellow Malian songstress Oumou Sangaré, Fatoumata uses her music to address critical social issues including human trafficking and the empowerment of women. Her most recent album Fenfo (“Something to Say”) gives voice to these current themes while paying tribute to her African heritage with songs sung mostly in Bambara, mixing modern electric guitar lines with the ancient strings of the kora and kamel ngoni. Co-presented with Brooklyn Bowl