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Fatou Guewel

b. Fatou Binetou Diouf, June 1964, Dakar, Senegal. Guewel sang at baptisms and traditional ceremonies from a age, later getting the vocalist with a little theatrical dance troupe. In 1992 she performed using the Outfit Lyrique Traditional de Theater National, and created her personal Groupe Sope Noreyni with music artists who, like Guewel, belonged to the tiny African Muslim Moundes sect. Towards the finish of 1992 she released her debut cassette using the music group, which enjoyed just limited achievement within the neighborhood marketplace. In 1994 she produced a hugely effective appearance on nationwide tv in Senegal and toured through the entire country. Later on that 12 months she released Santa – Ti Cheikh Ibra Fall, her second cassette, which became an instantaneous hit. Guewel remaining the Outfit Lyrique Traditional de Theater Country wide in 1995 to be able to focus on her personal career. Carrying out a tour of Western Africa (the very first time she experienced performed beyond her homeland), she released her third cassette, Funde Santa Bamba, which became a much greater achievement than its forerunner. In 1996 she toured outdoors Africa for the very first time, performing in america, Italy and France. 2 yrs later on she released Santeti Mame Diarra Boasse, her 4th Senegalese cassette, and in addition Fatou, her worldwide debut. It presented songs from her 1st three cassettes and launched viewers to her effective, wailing vocals and natural, percussive ‘road mbalax’ style, a far more rootsy type of the music performed by performers such as for example Yousou N’Dour and Baaba Maal.

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