Fatoumata Diawara

copresented by The Cedar and Walker Art Center
Friday, April 12, 2013 - 8:00pm

Standing show; $5 discount Walker members

Fatoumata Diawara playing electric guitar

“The most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time.” —Daily Telegraph (UK)

Catch the Midwest debut by Mali’s new music sensation, who has been wooing critics and lighting up stages around the world with her radiant voice, coolly infectious Afro-pop, and smoking live band. Fatoumata Diawara, aka Fatou, spins elements of jazz and funk into an exquisitely spare yet sensual folk-rock, inflecting it with the rhythms and melodies of Wassoulou, her ancestral song form. Likened to her mentor, Oumou Sangaré, Fatou has been hailed as the next female African songwriter of significance, one who “combines feminist social conscience with effortless melodic charm” (Financial Times).

Copresented by The Cedar and the Walker Art Center.

The Cedar is now air-conditioned for your year-round comfort!

Ticket options and info

  • On sale date: now
  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 2 ($2 fee per ticket) or The Walker (612.375.7600) ($2.50 per ticket)
  • In person: From a Cedar volunteer in the front lobby during events (no added fees), Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee/ticket)), or Depth of Field (no fee).
  • Online: Ticketweb (fees typically $2-$3 per ticket) (click on red Buy Tickets button at top of this page) or from the Walker Art Center.
  • The Cedar is an all ages venue.


Fatoumata Diawara playing electric guitar
Fatoumata Diawara (aka Fatou) was born of Malian parents in the Ivory Coast in 1982. As a child she became a member of her father's dance troupe and was a popular performer of the wildly flailing didadi dance from Wassoulou, her ancestral home in western Mali...

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota

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