Rokia Traore performs live
Verity Sharp presents the sublime sound of Rokia Traore singing and performing live, as she premieres music from her Dream Mande project.
Verity Sharp presents the sublime sound of Rokia Traoré singing and performing live in the studio.
A protégé of legendary guitarist Ali Farka Touré, Rokia Traoré has been an innovative artistic force since 1997, never straying too far from her roots in Mali, yet defying the confines of a single culture, genre, or style. In addition to award-winning solo albums, she has collaborated musically alongside artists such as Kronos Quartet and Damon Albarn, and worked in the theatre with Toni Morrison and Peter Sellars. She is in the UK for the 2019 edition of Brighton Festival, an annual multi-arts event, where she is serving as this year’s guest director, placing a particular emphasis on diversity and inclusive collaboration, oral storytelling and Malian culture.
Traces of myth, fable, history and spirituality are also present in the rest of tonight’s programme, which features Ana Roxanne’s devotional songwriting, Tim Hecker’s exploration of ancient Japanese court music, and C Joynes’ new composition inspired by 16th-century travellers' tales.
Produced by Jack Howson.
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3.