Fatoumata Diawara

mariamagda:

Fatoumata Diawara at Webeon Festival in Austin – 04.07.2013

Fatou is a guitarist and singer from Mali. Her show today at Webeon World Music Festival in Austin was perhaps my favorite. This woman is so talented and beautiful. At various points throughout the show she taught the audience different dance moves from Africa. Fatou also spoke on Mali and the recent religious war that’s been declared on music . She emphasized the importance of music not only to Malian culture and history but to Africa and the world, for it is “the only language that knows and teaches peace”. If you do not yet know her music go ahead and drift off with the sounds of her mesmerizing voice…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E82BifytoYY

Here is an article from last year about Mali:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/23/mali-militants-declare-war-music

Fatoumata Diawara

dynamicafrica:

STYLE ICON: Fatoumata Diawara

Breathtaking and talented with an eclectic style all her own, Ivorian-born Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara is an undeniable beauty and a woman of many trades.

Not only does she sing and play the guitar, Diawara has appeared in several films including Cheick Oumar Sissoko’s 1999 feature film La Genèse, Dani Kouyate’s Sia, le rêve du python, and the musical Kirikou et Karaba in which she played the lead role.

Watch her World Sessions live feature here.

Fatoumata Diawara – “Boloko”


artblackafrica:

Fatoumata Diawara – Boloko (Excision/Women circumcision)

U y’a tigè farikolo min bè n’kè muso ye u y’a bó n’na
They cut the flower that makes me a woman
Aw kan’a tigè farikolo min bè n’kè muso ye u y’a bó n’na
Don’t cut the flower that makes me a woman

I dun mana sunguruni min sigi bi; I b’a ka cèko gèleya a bolo
If you circumcise girls you will make their intimate moments difficult
I b’a ka bana misèn caya
They will always have health problems
(2x)

Uhum Mama, Mama, I kana n’boloko kana n’boloko a bè n’diminna
I beg you mother, don’t make them circumcise me, it hurts so much
Hee n’Baba, n’Baba I kana n’boloko kana n’boloko a bè n’diminna
I beg you mother, don’t make them circumcise me, it hurts so much

U y’a tiguèèhèè; Arrêtez l’excision, Mama!
They cut it…Mother, stop female circumcision!
Mama, A bè n’dmin!
Mother, it hurt so much (2x)

Ni ye olu boloko; I bu’ ka cèko gèlèya
If you circumcise girls you will make their intimate moments difficult
I bu’ ka denko gèlèya; I b’u ka bana misèn caya.
They will always have problems with childbirth
They will always have health problems

An k’ana olu boloko
Don’t circumcise girls

Farafina musow nyanina; Farafina muso tóoróla
African women live through too much hell and suffering
An k’an ka ko kórów lajè ni min manyi an  k’o bó an bolo la
We should look again at our ancestral beliefs and assess them
An k’an ka ko kórów lajè ni min kanyi an k’o fara an bolo kan
Keep what is good for us, and reject all that harm us

Farafina musow nyanina; Farafina musow zeyene
African women live through too much hell and suffering
Africa musow nyanina; Farafina muso tóoróla
African women live through too much hell and suffering