NEW SINGLE : Fatoumata Diawara – New track ‘Nsera’ feat. Damon Albarn out now – Watch video

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Malian star Fatoumata Diawara has shared ‘Nsera’, the first track taken from her forthcoming album, due out next year.

Nsera‘ is co-written and co-produced by Damon Albarn, who as worked with Fatoumata previously and whose long history of collaborating with African musicians is well documented. Singing and playing keyboards, Albarn infuses a touch of melancholy and modernity into the song’s Mandinka sound. The partnership, which merges the sounds of London and those of the Malian capital Bamako, led Fatoumata to coin the term ‘Londonko‘: an imaginary land, bringing two continents together.

‘Nsera’ is accompanied by a video directed by Gregory Ohrel (Orelsan, Jain, Residente). A journey into the heart of Africa, the video parades the continent’s many sides, its cultural richness and diversity. ‘Nsera’ means ‘destination’ in bambara, the official language of Mali. Born in the Ivory Coast to Malian parents, Fatoumata is still eagerly exploring her roots, her land, her culture and her own destination.

Fatoumata Diawara a number of international live dates for the end of this year and the first half of next year,, with more to be announced soon. Tickets available here.


November 17—Metz, FR—Arsenal

November 18—Saint-Louis, FR— Théâtre La Coupole

November 20—Berlin, DE— Konzerthaus

November 30—Bobigny, FR—Theatre / mc93

December 1—Lille, FR—Theatre Sebastopol

December 2— Villefranche-sur-saône, FR—Theatre De Villefranche Sur Saone

December 3—Creteil, FR—Maison des Arts – Creteil

December 8—Tel Aviv, IL—Barby Club

December 9—Tel Aviv, IL—Barby Club



January 14—Vancouver, BC—Chan Center for the Performing Arts

January 20—Bezirk-landstrasse, AU—Wiener Konzerthaus

January 21—Cologne, DE—Kölner Philharmonie

January 27—Bruges, BE—Koninklijke Stadsschouwburg

January 28—Grages-les-gonesse, FR—Espace Lino Ventura

January 29—Mulhouse, FR—La Filature

February 9—Muscat, OM—Royal Opera House

February 10—Muscat, OM—Royal Opera House

April 15—Seattle, WA—Meany Hall for the Performing Arts

April 25—Easton, PA—Williams Center for the Arts

May 24—Paris, FR—Salle Pleyel

May 26—Arnhem, NL—Musis Sacrum

May 27—Groningen, NL—De Oosterpoort

May 28—Amsterdam, NL—Paradiso

May 30—Den Haag/The Hague, NL—Paard

May 31 – Brusselles, BE – Ancienne Belgique


Hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music, Fatoumata Diawara‘s music remains hard to classify: Afropop, Afrofolk, Afrofutursim. Somewhere between tradition and modernity, guitar in hand, she mixes wassoulou rhythms and West African vocal techniques with contemporary sounds.

Her Grammy-nominated second album ‘Fenfo’ was released in 2018 to universal critical acclaim. Diawara has previously worked and toured with some of the biggest names in contemporary music, including Bobby Womack, Herbie Hancock, Damon Albarn, Sir Paul McCartney, David Crosby, Amadou and Mariam and many others. She continues to pursue a successful career as an actress, including an acclaimed appearance in 2014´s Timbuktu (Le chagrin des oiseaux), which received both BAFTA and Academy Award nominations. Fatoumata, who won ‘Best Female Artist’ at 2020’s African Talent Awards, has also co-starred in Damon Albarn and Abderrahmane Sissako’s theatre project ‘Le Vol du Boli’. Earlier this year, Fatoumata released ‘Maliba’ a collaboration with the Google Arts & Culture platform. The seven new songs formed the soundtrack to a special online presentation of the legendary Timbuktu Manuscripts, which celebrated centuries of Malian culture.


“Seven years, it turns out, ain’t but a blink of the eye when you’re waiting for a superstar to arrive” ★★★★ MOJO

“One of the finest, most inventive female singers in Mali”  The Guardian

“The comeback of the year” Top of the World ★★★★ Songlines

“Diawara’s voice is a supple and enchanting instrument” 8/10 Uncut

“Fatoumata Diawara from Mali is a rising star of African Music”  ★★★★Evening Standard 

“World music with attitude, demanding to be heard in the mainstream” ★★★★ Daily Express

“swirling guitar riffs, racing percussion and sparkling kora” ★★★★ Financial Times

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