Fatou Guewel

Fatou Guewel (born 1964) is a singer, rooted in the griot tradition of the Wolof, guewel stands for griot in Wolof. Her mbalax music is rootsier than that of Youssou N'Dour, and is much more related to praise-singing.

Having sung for many years, she formed her own group and recorded a first cassette in 1992, followed by three more albums for KSF Diagne Productions in Dakar.

A compilation of songs can be found on the album « Fatou », released by the London based label Stern's Music in 1998. It was the first international release for this type of music buy a female Snegalese singer. On the album « Fatou », her superb voice is accompanied by a xalam-lute, bass, keyboard (by Lemzo Diamono's Tapha Faye), and, thank god, a range of fine Senegalese percussion (including guest percussionists for tama, sabar and mbeug mbeug drums).

Fatou Guewel
Fatou Guewel 

Groupe Sope Noreyni:
Djiby Guissé (xalam);
Tapha Faye (keyboards);
Abdoulaye Dieng (bass);
Mbaye Gueye Ndiaye (thiol djembé);
Talibé Mbaye (talmbatt);
Serigne Modou Diagne (tougouné).

Born: 9 June 1964, in Dakar
Birth Name: Fatou Binetou Diouf
Style: Mbalax / praise songs

Title Year Label Remarks
Borom Khayra 2014 Konate Studio 2 CD
Ooh c'est chaud! + Best of 2005 Jololi CD
Fonk Sa Waajur 2002 Jololi Cassette
Dem Ba Jeex [ ] [ ] Cassette
Fatou 1998 Stern's STCD 1078 Compilation of the last 3 albums
Santeti Mame Diarra Bousso 1998 KSF Diagne Cassette
Fiirnde Santa Bamba 1995 KSF Diagne Cassette
Santa Ti Cheikh Ibra Fall 1994 KSF Diagne Cassette

CD liner notes 'Fatou' 
Page added October 1998