Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara was born of Malian parents in the Ivory Coast. 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. Her friend Rokia Traore inspired her to take up the guitar. Fatou started recording demos for which she composed and arranged all the titles, as well as playing guitar, percussion, bass and singing lead and harmony vocals. Her debut album ‘Fatou’ was released in 2011 on World Circuit to critical acclaim. Between recording sessions Fatou also collaborated on Africa Express and Bobby Womack’s last album.