This is nice little album. I don’t feel like it’s something I’d call groundbreaking but it is a nice change of pace without getting too experimental. It’s a wonderful piece of world music worth a listen especially as an entry level album to Malian music. The background of me even finding this is a strange decision I made a few years ago to pick a single country and do my best to learn and listen to the music that comes from it. Fatou by Fatoumata Diawara is a product of that practice. She actually lives in France and was born in the Ivory Coast, she is ethnically Malian according to Wikipedia. My little listen to a country’s music quirk though is never set in stone so she can be as French or Ivorian as she likes.
As far as the music goes, it’s very poppy with an African twist. Think Katie Melua except in a different language and less British sounding. It’s worth a listen, go safely expand your horizons.