NC State LIVE Presents: Fatoumata Diawara


See past and future collide with Fatoumata Diawara. Hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara is taking her artistry to thrilling heights.

Boldly experimental yet respectful of her Malian roots, Fatoumata’s Grammy-nominated music defines her as the voice of young African womanhood – proud of her heritage but with a vision that looks confidently to the future. Her live performances “scream with energy” (NPR), her stage presence both “hypnotic” and “captivating” (Rolling Stone).

Fatoumata has delighted audiences across the world with performances at major festivals (like Glastonbury!) and collaborations with some of the biggest names in music. She recorded with Bobby Womack and Herbie Hancock; assembled a West African super-group featuring Amadou and Mariam, Oumou Sangaré, and Toumani Diabaté to record a song calling for peace in her homeland; shared the stage with Sir Paul McCartney; and (our favorite) she’s collaborated with NC State LIVE fan favorite Habib Koité.