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