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Brilliant concert by the Malian songstress and the Cuban pianist at a festival in Finland. The combination of Fatoumata Diawara and Roberto Fonseca is turning all the festivals that have witnessed it inside out. We know from experience that such collaborations regularly give birth to mice. In the case of the Malian singer (helped along by the diva Oumou Sangaré) and the Cuban pianist (successor of Chucho Valdés and Rubén González) the result is elephant-sized. The qualities of the former–dazzling charisma–and the latter– terrifying virtuosity– complement each other perfectly, while their respective musicians build breathtaking musical structures, coupled with a lace of Mandingo chords. It should also be mentioned that they share common ground, since the first West African bands were modeled on Cuban charangas. In fact, there are many musical bridges from one continent to the other, linking two cultures that obviously have much in common. It is these similarities that are celebrated in this project.
While there is also an At Home album, recorded live in Marciac, here the duo is recorded in the country setting of the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland. Once again, they are in complete collusion. Just look at how they introduce each other at the end of the concert, joking about their respective nationalities. “My brother from Mali, Roberto Fonseca,” says the first. “My sister from Cuba, Fatoumata Diawara,” the other replies. What a fusion! -
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