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Malian vocalist Fatoumata Diawara will deliver an exclusive set from her home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions.

In these strange times, closing the Hall’s doors is the best way to look after the world, but we are now opening a (virtual) window for you to experience some of the most talented artists around.

Her spectacular 2011 debut album Fatou made the Malian singer and guitarist the most talked about new African artist on the planet. Since then she has recorded with Bobby Womack and Herbie Hancock, played the Glastonbury Festival, and toured with Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca.

She assembled a West African super-group featuring Amadou and Mariam, Oumou Sangaré and Toumani Diabaté to record a song calling for peace in her troubled homeland, and climbed aboard Damon Albarn’s star-studded Africa Express, which culminated in her sharing a stage with Sir Paul McCartney. Her 2016 appearance at Carnegie Hall alongside David Crosby and Snarky Puppy for an evening of topical protest songs was hailed as a triumph by Rolling Stone magazine.

Fatoumata’s most recent album, Fenfo (Something to Say), was released in 2018, and her performance on online music platform COLORS reached over a million views.

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