We are looking forward to Malian diva Fatoumata Diawara's new album Fenfo (Something to Say), which is set to be released on May 18, her first solo effort after seven years. In the meantime we have "Nterini," the first single from the album, accompanied by a beautiful video directed by Ethiopian photographer and contemporary artist Aïda Muluneh.
Diawara is not one to shy away from social and political issues, as demonstrated by the anti-war song, "Kèlè," on her debut album, Fatou, in 2011. The opening title of this video says: "In a world of seven billion people, there are one billion migrants," cluing you in to the theme of this video. "Nterini" translates to "my love/confidant" and the visuals depict a man traveling alone, presumably migrating, as his family back home anxiously go about their lives. It shows a snippet of an immigrant's journey without a sense of resolution. Diawara appears in strikingly bold outfits against the vast and diverse backdrop of the Afar region of Ethiopia where this video was shot.
The sound of this single is very exciting. Diawara's voice is strong yet light and effortless throughout. The production is phenomenal with a great balance between an electronic and acoustic sound which gives it a modern touch. We are very excited to hear the rest of the album and of course see Fatoumata Diawara live on her upcoming U.S. tour.