FATOUMATA DIAWARA ‘Fenfo’ CD

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Fatoumata Diawara established her reputation as one of the finest, most inventive female singers in Mali on the strength of her remarkable debut album, ‘Fatou’,recorded seven years ago. And now, at last, comes her second solo album, ‘Fenfo’ – which translates as “something to say” – is a classy affair that demonstrates her impressive musical range. Her voice is more soulful and expressive than on her debut, and the songs range from cool, melodic Afro-pop to the gently bluesy Mama, the stomping funk of Negue Negue, and the charming acoustic guitar and cello duet that ends the set. It may be aimed at the international crossover market, but even at its most commercial this is an album that succeeds. And the lyrics – mostly in Bambara, with the occasional burst of English – tackle everything from migration to African identity and demands to end the ban on marriages between different ethnic groups.