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Diawara A Stirring Voice For Peace

The Malian vocal star, a favorite of such collaborators as Paul McCartney, Herbie Hancock & Paul McCartney, Herbie Hancock, performs Wednesday at UC San Diego. Internationally celebrated vocal sensation Fatoumata Diawara counts Paul McCartney, Herbie Hancock, Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea and Senegalese superstar Cheikh Lô among her admirers and collaborators. […]

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Rokia Traoré’s “Beautiful Africa” Now Available Worldwide

Today marks the release of singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré’s new album, Beautiful Africa, in the United States. The record, which was released internationally earlier this year to critical acclaim, was produced by English musician John Parish. Beautiful Africa’s lyrics are sung in Traoré’s native languages of French and Bambara, as well as some English. The album […]

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First Listen: Rokia Traoré, ‘Beautiful Africa’

  Singer, songwriter and guitarist Rokia Traoré has always been a sophisticate. She grew up as the daughter of a diplomat who was posted in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Her most recent stage project was Desdemona, a critically acclaimed theater piece riffing on Shakespeare’s Othello, done in collaboration with novelist Toni Morrison and renowned theater director […]

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Ghana Represents at Glastonbury 2013 with FOKN BOIS and Sister Deborah

Mali undoubtedly brought a strong taste of Africa to Glastonbury, with powerful and prominent appearances by Fatoumata Diawara and Rokia Traore (alongside Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones) among others, but Ghana was also there representing. Now that the dust has settled our contact who was at Glasto and can be identified as A.H., has the […]

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Africa Passes Through Glastonbury: Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara and Others

Africa, largely Mali, passed through Glastonbury over the course of last week. The famed UK festival featured heavyweights such as the Rolling Stones who appeared for the first time ever and the Oasis’s Noel Callagher. These indiciduals shared their star presence alongside African household names such as French-Malian Fatoumata Diawara and her fellow Malian Rokia […]

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Mali hits Glastonbury: Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara and more

When music was banned in Mali, the organisers of Glastonbury festival swung into action and invited the country’s top acts over. Here’s what to look out for. When it comes to African music, Glastonbury stands taller than most A-list rock’n’roll festivals. Way back in 1982, the percussion wig-outs of Nigeria’s King Sunny Ade were a revelation to me: […]

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Blues for Mali as Ali Farka Toure’s Music is Banned

It has been almost nine months since Islamic militants in northern Mali announced that they were effectively banning all music. It’s hard to imagine, in a country that produced such internationally renowned music as Ali Farka Toure’s blues, Rokia Traore’s soulful vocals and the Afro-pop traditions of Salif Keita. The armed militants sent death threats […]

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Hay Festival 2013: Music from Africa at the Hay Festival 2013

By Mark Hudson I first met Rokia Traore on the bleak concourse of the Gare du Nord on a freezing winter’s day nearly ten years ago: a waif-like figure with a scarf pulled over her shaven head, on her way to a gig in the French provinces. There were no limos or tour buses for her […]

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