A star of the world music scene, Fatoumata Diawara was born in Côte d’Ivoire, grew up in Mali, and now lives in France. A guitarist and a singer-songwriter, her outrageously engaging music blends Wassalou traditions of Southern Mali with jazz and other international influences. Her serious and touching lyrics draw largely upon her experiences in Africa, including cultural gender oppression and the difficult practice of being raised away from one’s parents. Expect to hear several different African languages, see the traditional didadi dance from Mali, and be transported by this celebration of African music, dance, goodwill, and equality.
Links to African cultures & languages, French, world music & dance, jazz, and the role of women in society.
Common Core: SL 2, L 4, RH 6-9, WHST 7 VT Standards: 3.3, 4.3, 4.6, 5.32, 6.5, 6.19; all student matinees address 1.14, 5.4, 5.5, 5.7, and relevant form(s) within 5.31-5.37.
Show length: 1 hour
This Event is Sponsored By
A big round of applause for our Student Matinee Series underwriters: Andrea's Legacy Fund, Champlain Investment Partners, LLC, Bari and Peter Dreissigacker, the Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation, the Lintilhac Foundation, Tracy and Richard Tarrant, TD Charitable Foundation, Vermont Concert Artists Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Flynn Jazz Endowment. Additional Support from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, The Golub Foundation, Green Mountain Fund, Walter Cerf Community Fund, and the Vermont Arts Council, as well as the Susan E. Quinn Memorial Fund held at the Vermont Community Foundation. Thanks also to the wonderful show sponsor(s) listed above.