The truth is, all these years I've been encouraging you to listen to awful noises because of spite. I'm jealous of you, reader, and for that you have been made to suffer. But as I slide ever further past my prime, my cold heart sometimes softens. Sometimes I even stop wishing ill upon you, and on those days I take a deep breath, put malice aside, and listen to something lovely.
Not for your sake though. I just need a rest.
So here's something lovely. It's a song by the Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara from her 2011 album Fatou
. Female singer-songwriter with acoustic guitar is a bit of a played-out trope, and even with some subtle bass and drums Diawara was going to need to do something special with Sowa
. Thankfully she did. It's got the clarity and ease of the best Wassoulou music, and is sung with something that I can only describe as grace. And the very end where she starts to duet with herself is something you're just going to have to discover for yourself.Fatoumata Diawara - Sowa(alt)