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Fatoumata DiawaraWoody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez. Bob Marley, Miriam Makeba, and Fela. These legendary musicians—among scores of others—all harnessed the power of song to promote political change and human rights. The power of “three chords and a guitar” has long been celebrated for its persuasive potential, and 31-year-old singer and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara (or “Fatou,” for short) joins that great tradition, lifting the human spirit out of war-torn Mali. Singing in Bambara, the principal dialect of southern Mali, Fatou wraps messages of support for women, orphaned children, and the cessation of war inside songs of extraordinary beauty and rhythmic delight that easily transcend worldwide language barriers.

Diawara carries the torch for a proud tradition of Wassoulou—the culturally vibrant area of Mali from which she hails—that strong female voices have the power to speak to and change the world around them. Indeed, on Fatou, her debut on Nonesuch Records, Diawara’s warm, affecting voice winds its way around her intricate guitar and percussion arrangements. Now, with audiences growing around the world (including the 2013 edition of Bonnaroo), and with an agenda as resonant as her vocals, Diawara is driven by what’s always been at the center of socially conscious folk—hope that, with persistence, change can come. General admission seating.

FATOUMATA DIAWARA

SINGLE

PICK5

GROUP

General Public

$24

$20

$20

Student/Child

$16

$14

$14

Sr. Citizen (62+)

$24

$19

$20

How to buy:

IN PERSON: Purdue campus box office in Elliott Hall of Music.
BY PHONE: 494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW
BY MAIL: Order form (PDF)
ONLINE: convocations.org/tickets