by Jarrett Hoffman
Fatoumata Diawara aims for a particular balance in her music: respect for her Malian roots, and enthusiasm for international influences. Another balance? The singer and guitarist loves pop, which you can hear in her songs, but listeners should expect her lyrics to venture into heavy territory. And yet — another balance — when she’s onstage, she radiates joy.
The fascinating and thoughtful Diawara — who will perform at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30 pm — picked up the phone last week in Lake Como, Italy. And when someone tells you they’re at Lake Como, there’s only one possible response.
Jarrett Hoffman: It’s so beautiful there!
Fatoumata Diawara: It’s a special place, very peaceful.
JH: I imagine that it’s also a great place to write music.
FD: Of course! It’s so nice when you take your guitar to the lake — you get inspiration right away. [Read more…]