“Ultimatum” by Disclosure (ft. Fatoumata Diawara)

Most simply explained, it would appear that the addressee of “Ultimatum” is a romantic interest of the vocalist’s, someone who is not as interested in her as she is in him. For instance, she evidently wants to marry him yet is under the impression that he is not so inclined. Also, reading between the lines, it seems as if he is in the process of excommunicating her altogether. So what the vocalist is looking for at this point is closure. Simply put, she is waiting for the addressee to tell her forthrightly that he doesn’t want to be with her.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Disclosure's Ultimatum at Lyrics.org.
Lyrics for Disclosure's "Ultimatum"

“Ultimatum” Facts

Primary Artist(s): Disclosure
Featured Artist(s): Fatoumata Diawara
Album/EP: “Les Voix Du Sahel” 

Was “Ultimatum” a single release?

Yes. It was a single released from the duo’s “Les Voix Du Sahel” album on May 18 of 2018.


“Ultimatum” was written by Disclosure with assistance from famous Malian singer and songwriter, Fatoumata Diawara. Songwriter, Dossa Ahehehinnou is also a co-writer of this song.

Disclosure handled the production of this tune.


“Ultimatum” can be categorized into the following music genres:

  • Dance
  • Electro Pop

Grammy Nomination

This song was a success for its artists. At the 2019 Grammys, it was nominated for a Grammy in the category of “Best Dance/Electronic Recording”. “Ultimatum” however, lost the award to “Electricity” performed by Silk City and Dua Lipa (ft. Diplo and Mark Ronson). The following songs also competed for the award:


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