Fatoumata Diawara (aka Fatou) was born of Malian parents in the Ivory Coast in 1982. She was an energetic and headstrong girl and at the age of twelve her refusal to go to school finally prompted her parents to send her to live and be disciplined by an aunt in Bamako.
In 2002 Jean-Louis Courcoult, the director of the renowned French theatre company, Royale de Luxe, travelled to Bamako to offer Fatou a part in his new production. An unmarried woman is considered a minor in Malian society so her family's permission was required. They refused. After much soul searching Fatou took the daring decision to run away and at Bamako airport she managed to board a plane for Paris, narrowly escaping the pursuit of the police who had been alerted to the girl's 'kidnapping'.
With Royal de Luxe Fatou performed a variety of roles around the world including tours in Vietnam, Mexico and throughout Europe. During rehearsals and quiet moments she took to singing backstage for her own amusement. She was overheard by the director and was soon singing solo during the company's performances. Encouraged by the reception from audiences she began to sing in Parisian clubs and cafes during breaks from touring. Here she met Cheikh Tidiane Seck the celebrated Malian musician and producer who invited her to travel with him back to Mali to work on two projects as chorus vocalist; 'Seya' the GRAMMY nominated album by Mali's star Oumou SangarÃ© and 'Red Earth' the GRAMMY winning Malian project by American jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater. When the albums were released Fatou toured worldwide as singer and dancer with both projects.
She made the decision to dedicate herself to her passion, music. She worked to complete an album's worth of songs and started recording demos for which she composed and arranged all the titles, as well as playing guitar, percussion, bass and singing lead and harmony vocals. An introduction from Oumou SangarÃ© resulted in a record deal with World Circuit and the recording of her debut album.
Between recording sessions she found time to collaborate on Damon Albarn's Africa Express and contribute vocals to albums by Cheikh LÃ´, AfroCubism, Herbie Hancock's GRAMMY winning Imagine Project and Orchestra Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou.
Since the release of the highly acclaimed debut 'Fatou' (19 September 2011) Fatoumata has toured extensively with her band as well as with Damon Albarn, Tony Allen and Flea as part of the 'Rocket Juice and the Moon' project. As well as a live tour the group recorded an album of the same name (Released March, 2012).
03/06/2018/ FR / Lyon / Les Nuits de Fourvières
22/06/2018 / Maroc / Essaouira / Festival Gnawa Musiques du Monde
22/07/2018 / FR / Mèze / Festival de Thau
08/08/2018 /FR / Marciac / Jazz in Marciac
25/08/2018 / FR / Sainte Anne d'Auray / Festival les Galettes du Monde
14/11/18 / FR / St Martin d'Hères / l'Heure Bleue
16/11/18 / CH / Festival Couleur Café
04/12/2018 / FR / Saumur / Théâtre Le Dome
07/12/2018 / FR / Sartrouville / Théâtre
08/12/2018 / FR / Clichy sous Bois / Africolor