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Fatoumata Diawara tells Metro about how she returned to her native Mali to bring hope to the people through song.
Ask anyone in Bamako, Mali, if they have heard of Sia and the answer, apparently, will be yes. ‘They all know who I am,’ grins the Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, coiled up in a chair in the lobby of St Pancras Renaissance hotel. ‘I was in many films when I was younger and one of them, Sia, The Dream Of The Python, is still very popular.’
Diawara’s early fame as a child actor was certainly an advantage when she returned to Bamako last year to record a new single – although such is the 31-year-old’s recent success on the music circuit following the release of her debut album, Fatou, and acclaimed collaborations with Bobby Womack and Damon Albarn, she no longer needs another name to attract attention. Resident in Paris…
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