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Africa’s Future Queen

3/20/2019, 6 a.m.
Boldly experimental yet respectful of her Malian roots, Fatoumata Diawara’s music defines her as a voice of young African womanhood ...

Her modern African music and political activism has led to her being called Africa’s Future Queen. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara stops in Portland Friday for a 9 p.m. show at the Star Theater with special guests Outer Orbit and Portland’s Saeeda Wright. Boldly experimental yet respectful of her Malian roots, Fatoumata’s music defines her as a voice of young African womanhood – proud of her heritage but with a vision that looks confidently to the future. “Don’t sing just to sing,” she emphasizes, “sing to change things, to make things better.”