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Fatoumata Diawara
Malian music

Fatoumata Diawara

With an appetite for learning almost as big as her vibrant personality, the Malian Fatoumata Diawara has modestly slipped out of her actress persona to inhabit her new role as a singer. The simplicity of her first album Fatou translates her desire to stand forward unadorned.

Tcheka
Cape Verdean Music

Tcheka

Among those Cape Verdean artists whose career has reached international heights, Tcheka occupies an unusual, almost paradoxical place, both avant-garde and a bit in the shadows. At 38, with his album Dor De Mar, the former winner of the RFI Découvertes Award maintains his position without managing to completely override a frustrating feeling of under-exploited potential.

Sia Tolno wins the 2011 RFI Discoveries Award
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Sia Tolno wins the 2011 RFI Discoveries Award

The jury presided by Richard Bona has elected Sia Tolno from Guinea-Conakry as the winner of this year’s RFI Découvertes Award. The artist topped the final selection, ahead of Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa) and Metzo Djatah (Senegal). Djatah took the Internet public’s vote, which counted for one voice in the judging. Tune into RFI and RFI Musique over the next few days to hear Sia Tolno’s music.
 

Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara (JuJu)
World music

Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara (JuJu)

Their third joint album, In Trance, takes British guitar hero Justin Adams and Gambian musician Juldeh Camara one step closer to perfect alchemy, and give us a lesson in groove and trance.

Tinariwen return to their roots
Tuareg music

Tinariwen return to their roots

Away from city studios and their numerous obligations, Tinariwen chose to return to the natural world that spawned its original repertoire to record their latest album, Tassili. RFI Musique interviewed Eyadou Ag Leche, bass player with the desert’s best-known band.

Winyo (Kenya)
RFI Discoveries Award 2011

Winyo (Kenya)

With his delicate voice, Winyo, a talented Kenyan artist, offers music rooted in his country’s traditions and inspired by new international music

Wanlov the Kubolor (Ghana)
RFI Discoveries Award 2011

Wanlov the Kubolor (Ghana)

Wanlov the Kubolor is quite exceptional. The Ghanaian/Romanian has invented his own musical world juxtaposing very different styles.

Sia Tolno (Guinea)
RFI Discoveries Award 2011

Sia Tolno (Guinea)

Sia Tolno is being predicted to become a great new African voice. There’s no doubt that the young Guinean has great potential

Mao Otayeck (Ivory Coast)
RFI Discoveries Award 2011

Mao Otayeck (Ivory Coast)

The Ivoirian guitarist and band leader, Mao Otayeck, who has played alongside some of the great names in music and authored a first album entitled Yeredon

Metzo Djatah (Senegal)
RFI Discoveries Award 2011

Metzo Djatah (Senegal)

Whether you come from Senegal or elsewhere, Metzo Djatah’s music comes across as lively and open to different influences.

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