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Fatoumata Diawara brings eight women together on "Ambé"

Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves, Mayra Andrade, Terri Lyne Carrington, Thandiswa Mazwai, SOMI, Inna Modja and China Moses all advocate sisterhood and humanism on new track.

The Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, who lives between her native country and Italy, has concocted a video that is full of joy, benevolence and solidarity alongside the Americans Dianne Reeves, China Moses, Somi and Terri Lyne Carrington, as well as Benin’s Angelique Kidjo, Cape Verde’s Mayra Andrade, Mali’s Inna Modja and South Africa’s Thandiswa Mazwai. It marks an international line-up that proves a tantalising prospect for many kinds of music fans.

Some of these women are also known for their campaigns against sexism. This project manifests the power of sisterhood. The message of the single is summed up in the words of Dianne Reeves: “Humanity is a blessing from the Almighty, created in all colors and ethnicities. We are all one. I sing for my sisters, I sing for my brothers.”

In the minimalist visual, which is composed of small boxes where different singers appear, they sing and dance in their own style and in different languages. The project perfectly illustrates the infinite plurality of contemporary African musical cultures.

Listen to Fatoumata Diawara in our Songs of the Week playlist on Spotify and Deezer.

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