With Spring in full bloom, it’s as good a time as any to share “Bissa”, this joyfully melodic track from Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara. Taken from her 2011 debut album, Fatou, “Bissa” – a meditation on the complexities of finding love – would be a welcome accompaniment to any summer gathering, be it a family barbecue or a reunion with old friends. You can find Diawara’s work here: and you can follow her progress on Facebook here.
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WHAT ARTISTS SAY ABOUT AFRICA EXPRESS
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Amadou Bagayoko, Malian superstars Amadou & Mariam “Africa Express is magical every time”
Carl Barat, The Libertines “One of the most worthwhile and enjoyable projects I have ever been involved in...a true reminder of why I started playing music in the first place. I'd do it again in a heartbeat”
Afel Bocoum, Malian singer “The biggest musical adventure of my life”
Brian Eno “The players are so extraordinarily good that it makes me think I might consider another career”
Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers “That was without doubt the craziest show I have ever played in my life”
Nicholas Jarr “An unforgettable time”
John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin “Every time an invitation comes from Africa Express I know I am in for a rich and rewarding experience”
Jordan, UK hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks “One of the best nights of my life”
Baaba Maal, Senegalese superstar “This is the best project I have ever been involved with”
Spoek Mathambo, South African electronic pioneer “The best tour I've ever been part of”
Jack Steadman, Bombay Bicycle Club “To be watching Africa Express was a privilege, let alone to be involved. I am forever thankful”
Terri Walker, UK soul singer “Amazing, euphoric, inspirational, elevating, hopeful, beautiful and fucking epic”
The Temper Trap, Australian indie stars “Eye opening for us as musicians and as people...a wonderful endeavour”
Thandiswa, South Africa's leading female artist “An experience like no other”
Nick Zinner, Yeah Yeah Yeahs “A profound and life-altering experience every time”
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