I have to admit, I have a soft spot for music from Mali. I can’t help myself. Amadou & Mariam sing in such beautiful harmony that I’m sometimes moved to tears. Ali Farka Touré’s syncopated guitar twang moves me through space and time. And I get lost in Issa Bagayogo’s lilting baritone. There’s just something so exotic and yet so familiar about the music that comes out of that country; it sings to my soul. So imagine my surprise and happiness when I first heard about the new album from Fatoumata Diawara.

Read the full review here: Some People are Destined to Sing