On tour to promote her new release Beaufiful Africa. -- Malian Superstar Rokia Troaré, one of the most adventurous singer-songwriter in Africa, knew that she wanted to create a new musical style that was" more modern, but still African, something more blues and rock than my folk guitar ".
It’s an album that will win Rokia yet more supporters, and raise a few eyebrows, but this dramatic change in musical direction is quite in keeping with her always adventurous career.
"Defying the conventions of world music, Malian singer/songwriter Rokia Traoré dismisses the notion of genre in her exquisite new album from Nonesuch, Beautiful Africa, produced by English musician John Parrish (PJ Harvey, Eels). The past year has been a quite extraordinarily productive period for Rokia. One of the most inventive artists in Africa today, she is remarkable not just for the range of her powerful and emotional voice but also for the sheer variety of her work. Rokia’s music effortlessly places styles and tempos alongside each other, from the sounds of her Malian roots, through blues, rock, jazz and folk. Known for her engaging live performances, whether playing up-tempo guitar-led pop or haunting and melancholy ballads, her striking presence on stage will always draw you in.
Rokia’s new album Beautiful Africa has received countless 5 star reviews internationally, including The Observer, The Guardian, and Songlines, which raves: "It really doesn’t get better than this in today’s African music…Rokia’s work is exciting, surprising, and always perfectly executed." She was the first artist announced for Glastonbury Festival in 2013, and Rokia was one of the highlights of the UK’s recent Africa Express tour, at which she performed alongside countless greats such as Damon Albarn, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and Sir Paul McCartney. Expect a truly thrilling night."
"The tone is reflective, the traditionally influenced melodies understated, enhancing Traoré's claim to be Africa’s most interesting and genuinely experimental contemporary musician." - The Daily Telegraph
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