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Rokia Traoré


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Kolokani, Mali

Rokia Traoré (born 24th January 1974) is an award-winning Malian singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

Traoré was born in Kolokani, Mali as a member of the Bambara ethnic group. As her father was a diplomat, she travelled widely in her youth travelling to Algeria, Saudi Arabia, France and Belgium. As a result of this travel, she was exposed to a wide variety of influences.

The Bambara also had a tradition of griot performing at weddings although members of the nobility such as Traoré are discouraged from performing as musicians. Traoré attended lycée in Mali when her father was stationed in Brussels and started performing publicly. As well as guitar she plays (lute) and .

In 1997 she linked with Mali musician Ali Farka Touré which raised her profile. She won a Radio France Internationale prize as African discovery of 1997, an honor previously won by Mali’s Habib Koité in 1993.
Her first album Mouneïssa (Label Bleu), released in late 1997 in Mali and 1998 in Europe, was acclaimed for its fresh treatment and unqualifiable combinations of several Malian music traditions such as her use of the ngoni and the balafon. It sold over 40,000 copies in Europe.

In 2000, her second album Wanita was released. Traoré wrote and arranged the whole album. The album was widely acclaimed with the New York Times nominating it as one of its critics’ albums of the year.


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  • BJBooth

    You really don't have to speak the language to appreciate the beauty of this music and Rokia's angelic voice. Love this music esp the Wanita CD

    23 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Akayz7

    lovely stuff ;)

    21 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Dgold

    Heard her on NPR Fresh Aire Terry Gross. Blown away. Driveway moment. What a voice and sentiments in the words. Bought the 2013 album immediately. Love. Please come sing in Arkansas USA.

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
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  • Cat_007

    Last album amazing...

    20 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DJNikki

    Du och jag<3

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • diegostrehl

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • SYL2Oh

    Mélancolie . . .

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • EnKatest

    Her charming music is like meditation .

    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Vyaar-

    she is so beautiful!

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Murilo_Costa

    Brasil <3

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Wurzel362

    Ali Farka teaches her well.. 2 great african stars under stars

    27 Dec 2012 Reply
  • BJBooth

    Angelique Kidjo, Zap Mama, Mariam Masekela, Manu Dibango, Baka Beyond, Issa Bagayoyo, - so many other African-based arttists out there, no reason not to search and find. There is tremendous talent here, seek out the 5 cds Rokia has, well worth having

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • WodkaLover

    A pedistallo... pick up a 9,99 monthly spotify subscription and never worry about it again :-).. Or buy the cd.. common man, everybody used to download back in 2010, but nowadays that's not hot anymore with all new ways to find out beautiful music...

    25 Jun 2012 Reply
  • piedistallo

    where can i find it to download, folks?

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • i_86

    I just love her...

    30 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Madrangue

    incredibly beautiful music

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • kyooverse

    Why is she SO incredible?

    6 Aug 2011 Reply
  • rozann971

    18 May 2011 Reply
  • constant12

    she's incredible.

    16 Apr 2011 Reply
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