by Jarrett Hoffman
Balance is a key word in describing singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor Fatoumata Diawara.
There’s her music, where she aims to respect her Malian roots while embracing international influences.
There’s her love of pop music, contrasted with her lyrics, which can venture into heavy subjects — the antithesis of bubblegum.
And there’s the fact that, against those sometimes dark lines of text, she radiates joy onstage.
Clevelanders were deprived of that music and that stage presence two years ago, when Diawara’s trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art was canceled. So it was good news when her name appeared on the lineup for the Museum’s Performing Arts Series this season: she’ll finally make her visit to Gartner Auditorium next Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available here.