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Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca III
Afro-Cuban Roots

Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca III

Mar 24
Herbst Theatre, War Memorial
SunMar 24
8:00 PM

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“The best of a new breed of African poet-chanteuse, and the most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time” (The Telegraph), young vocalist and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara shares this special double bill with “The rightful heir to the Buena Vista Social Club legacy” (Time Out NY), pianist and composer Roberto Fonseca.

Raised with the Wassoulou song style considered one of the main ancestors of American blues, Diawara mixes deeply-felt African traditions with high-energy doses of funk. Appearances on Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Red Earth and Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré’s GRAMMY-nominated Seya started Diawara’s rapid ascent as one of the brightest lights in African music. She lent her clarion voice to Herbie Hancock’s GRAMMY-winning Imagine Project and Blur front man Damon Albarn’s Africa Express, and appeared in Abderrahmane Sisako’s Oscar-nominated 2014 film Timbuktu.

“A charismatic spark plug of a pianist from Cuba” (NY Times), Fonseca made his debut at the Havana International Jazz Festival at age 15. A decade and several solo albums later, he joined the globe-trotting orchestra of Ibrahim Ferrer, the late, great sonero from the celebrated Buena Vista Social Club, and later contributed his peerless abilities to work with fellow Buena Vista member Omara Portuondo. Fonseca recently released ABUC, his Impulse! debut that traces Cuban jazz history with an omnivorous slant, utilizing genres and influences from electronic dance music to big band with guests including Trombone Shorty and Eliades Ochoa.

Fatoumata Diawara Photo © Aida Muluneh
Roberto Fonseca Photo © Carlos Pericás

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Diawara mixes deeply-felt African traditions with high-energy doses of funk while Fonseca contributes his peerless abilities with influences from electronic dance music to big band.

Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara is about the best of a new breed of African poet-chanteuse, and the most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time.

The Telegraph

Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara is about the best of a new breed of African poet-chanteuse, and the most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time.

The Telegraph

Personnel

Fatoumata Diawara vocals
Sam Dickey guitar
Shea Pierre keyboards
Max Moran bass
Wayme Matthews drums

Roberto Fonseca III piano
Yandy Martinez bass
Ruly Hernández drums

One of the most gifted, adventurous spirits of his generation.

The Observer on Roberto Fonseca III

Personnel

Fatoumata Diawara vocals
Sam Dickey guitar
Shea Pierre keyboards
Max Moran bass
Wayme Matthews drums

Roberto Fonseca III piano
Yandy Martinez bass
Ruly Hernández drums

One of the most gifted, adventurous spirits of his generation.

The Observer on Roberto Fonseca III

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Fatoumata Diawara

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Roberto Fonseca

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Fatoumata Diawara

Nterini

Roberto Fonseca

Tierra Santa