UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents Roberto Fonseca III and
Fatoumata Diawara in a shared evening celebrating their musical roots on Saturday,
March 23 at 8 p.m. at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA.
Both Fonseca and Diawara are masters of their craft and together, Diawara’s husky yet
smooth vocals followed by Fonseca’s jazz genius create a remarkable evening.
Considered one of the most innovative Cuban pianists in generations, Fonseca
became a musical connoisseur after his time as a pianist with the Orquesta Buena Vista
Social Club®. Fonseca found his exemplary sound between the crossroads of jazz,
traditional music, and soul immersed from his Afro-Cuban roots.
Hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music, Diawara
mastered her craft as a back-up vocalist to her fellow Malian Oumou Sangaré. She is
skilled in creating musical masterpieces that simultaneously offer a fresh, bold sound
while also paying respect to her heritage.
Diawara and Fonseca are forces to be reckoned with. In 2014 Diawara and Fonseca
teamed up for the first time to create the album At Home. Their individual strengths form the perfect Afro-Caribbean musical dream team. On March 23 at The Theatre at Ace
Hotel they will each perform separately with their individual bands.
Tickets for $29–$59 are available now at CAP UCLA and The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 310-825-2101 and The Theatre at Ace Hotel box office. For more on the rest of CAP UCLA’s 2018-19 season please visit their website.
Cover photo: Fatoumata Diawara (Photo: Aida Mulunah)