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28.03.2022

This year's first concert release!

Fatoumata Diawara will be the first ever female African artist to perform a solo concert at the Norwegian Opera House and Youssou N’Dour will play his very first concert at Oslo World. It’s about time.

We are proud to invite Fatoumata Diawara back to Oslo World, where she has performed several times before, the last time at Cosmopolite in 2018. This time, she will be the first ever female African artist to perform a solo concert at the Norwegian Opera House in Bjørvika.

There are several important facets to Fatoumatas artistry. She is a role model who sheds light on women's issues, and who furthers the cause of her home country, Mali, with pride and self awareness. She is an electric performer, who is also capable of intimate, subtle musical moments. She is a guitar virtuoso and a singer of rare format. She has done backing vocals for Oumou Sangaré (among other places at Oslo World), and she has cooperated with everyone from Bobby Womack to Damon Albarn. She will return to Oslo with her new project “Maliba” this fall.

Read more about the project and but tickets to the concert with Fatoumata Diawara here.

This autumn, Youssou N’Dour will play his first concert at Oslo World. It’s about time. The Senegalese artist is one of the biggest acts of his home country, and for the last 30 years, he has been one of the most recognizable and loved African artists on the international pop stage.

N’Dour grew up with the griot tradition on his mother's side and even though he is not raised as a griot, it has often been tempting to view N’Dour as a modernizer of the role, in the way he combines musicianship and storytelling with participation in several other parts of society. N’Dour has been minister of culture and tourism in his home country, and since 2000 he has worked as a goodwill ambassador for the UN Food and Agriculture program. He has performed in several movies and has cooperated with countless well-known artists, from Peter Gabriel on the 1986 classic So, to Neneh Cherry, with whom he made the trilingual hit “7 Seconds” in 1994.

In 2021, N’Dour released MBALAX. The album is named after the genre mbalax, a postcolonial musical blend that is very popular in Senegal and Gambia. Many people associate the genre with N’Dour.

Read more about Youssou N'Dour and but tickets to the concert here.

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