She has one of the most beautiful voices to come out of Africa. Fatoumata Diawara became an instant global star with her debut in 2011, but before that she had a rich career as an actress and singer in West Africa. She sings in the Wassoulou style of Mali, similar to Oumou Sangaré. For her debut Diawara picked up her guitar and made West African singer-songwriter blues. Since then, she has developed even further on guitar, and in her music, she has become an even stronger advocate for women's and children's rights. In recent years, she has been performing with her energetic and exceptionally strong band, using innovative arrangements and production techniques. Her voice has a stunning intimacy and control that far transcends language and culture. Those who have never seen Diawara live should grab the chance: if you see her live once, you'll want to see her again.