47th Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona: Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca

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47th Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona: Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca
Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca

The dynamic duo of Roberto Fonseca and Fatoumata Diawara are back to show the strong ties that still exist between Africa and Cuba. A pianist determined to delve into his Cuban and African roots through jazz and electronic music, Fonseca – the man who replaced Rubén González in the tenacious Buenavista Social Club – has been called one of the most charismatic Cuban musicians of his generation, with a knack for improvising a riff and his supernatural instinct for melodies. Diawara started out as a backup singer for Oumou Sangaré, and in record time became one of the greatest Malian singers around. She's constantly travelling back and forth between Paris and Bamako, lending her warm voice to albums by the likes of Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack and Herbie Hancock. The pair present their joint project with musicians from Cuba and Mali, and their EP, 'At Home', which suggests that their union is not just a whim.

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