With her new album London Ko, Fatoumata Diawara continues to reinvent traditional African music, after taking us back to her Mandinka roots in projects such as Maliba and Le Vol du Boli with Abderrahmane Sissako.
Still rewriting the rules, Fatou plunges us back into her eclectic, avant-garde universe. With the different colours she brings to her music (afrobeat, jazz, pop, electro and even hip hop), it is impossible to put London Ko into any one box.
Sharper than ever with her words, she strikes a perfect balance between synthetic sounds and traditional Malian rhythms – this shift between the avant-garde and tributes to her ancestors serving as a means of emancipation. A neologism that is also symbolic of her collaboration with Damon Albarn, which gives rise to a new world, a fusion of Bamako and London.
Presented by Bristol Beacon
Format: Standing in stalls
Age: 14+ (Under 18s accompanied by an adult)
Start Time: 20.00
All timings are approximate and subject to change
“The Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actress and activist embrace[s] modernity [and] tradition, splicing an edgy rock aesthetic into the pentatonic melodies and sensuous, raspy tones of Bambara music.”
About Beacon Hall
Our new flagship venue at Bristol Beacon
at Bristol Beacon
Getting to the venue
Location: Beacon Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.
Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.
Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.
Bristol Clean Air Zone
Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.
Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.
Spaces for wheelchair users are in:
- row S in the centre of the rear Stalls (10 spaces)
- row Z in the left and right wings at the back of Lower Tier (4 spaces, 2 on each side),
- rows G/H on the left only at the back of Upper Tier (2 spaces)
Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in row F are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.
A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)
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