Rokia Traoré
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1974-01-24
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Rokia Traoré

Rokia Traoré Biography (Wikipedia)

Rokia Traoré (born January 26, 1974) is a Victoires de la Musique award-winning Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in Mali as a member of the Bambara ethnic group. Her father was a diplomat and she travelled widely in her youth. She visited such countries as Algeria, Saudi Arabia, France and Belgium and was exposed to a wide variety of influences. Her hometown of Kolokani is in the northwestern part of Mali's Koulikoro region.

While the Bamana have a tradition of griot performing at weddings, members of the nobility, such as Rokia, are discouraged from performing as musicians. Rokia attended lycée in Mali while her father was stationed in Brussels and started performing publicly as a university student in Bamako. Rokia plays acoustic guitar as well as sings, and she uses vocal harmonies in her arrangements which are rare in Malian music. In 1997, she linked with Mali musician Ali Farka Touré which raised her profile. She won an Radio France Internationale prize as "African Discovery" of 1997, an honor previously won by Mali's Habib Koité in 1993. As well as guitar she plays ngoni (lute) and balafon.

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Kote (Live at Glastonbury)
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Kote (Live at Glastonbury)
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Tu Voles (You Fly)
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Tu Voles (You Fly)
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Ilé
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Ilé
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Kèlè Mandi
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Kèlè Mandi
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Tounka (6 Music George Lamb Session, 14 Apr 2009)
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Tounka (6 Music George Lamb Session, 14 Apr 2009)
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Tuit Tuit (Smadj remix)
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Tuit Tuit (Smadj remix)
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Dounia (Womad 2013)
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Dounia (Womad 2013)
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Beautiful Africa (Womad 2013)
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Beautiful Africa (Womad 2013)
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Ka Moun Kè (Womad 2013)
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Ka Moun Kè (Womad 2013)
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Past BBC Events

2013 Glastonbury
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Worthy Farm, Pilton
2013-06-28T05:05:07
28
Jun
2013

2013 Glastonbury

07:00
Worthy Farm, Pilton

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