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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.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • 高橋祐次郎

    Nambu Ushi Oi Uta

    • Min'yo: Folk Song From Japan.
    • Nimbus.
  • Jeanne Lee & Ran Blake

    Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

    • The Newest Sound You Never Heard.
    • A-Side Records.
  • Ana Roxanne


    • ~​~​~.
  • Kate Tempest


    • The Book Of Traps & Lessons.
    • Fiction.
  • Rokia Traoré


    • Live for Late Junction.
  • Rokia Traoré


    • Live for Late Junction.
  • Lady Vendredi

    Dream of the Sea

    • Neon Dream.
  • C Joynes & The Furlong Bray


    • The Borametz Tree.
    • Thread Recordings.
  • Ayub Ogada


    • Kodhi - Trevor Warren's Adventures with Ayub Ogada.
    • Long Tale Recordings.
  • André Marchand, Lisa Ornstein & Normand Miron

    Le Batteux; Le Petit Cheval Rouge

    • Le Bruit court dans la ville.
    • Talencourt Musique.
  • Kyoto Imperial Court Music Orchestra


    • Gagaku - The Imperial Court Music Of Japan.
    • Lyrichord.
  • Tim Hecker

    You never were

    • Anoyo.
    • kranky.
  • Jan Bang, Erik Honoré, Eivind Aarset & Samuel Rohrer

    Child of Folly

    • arjunamusic.
  • Nick Hart

    The Two Sisters

    • Nick Hart Sings Nine English Folk Songs.
  • Rokia Traoré

    Kélé Mandi (Live for Late Junction)

  • Chee Malabar, Anand Subramanian & Teju Cole

    Wild Geese

    • The Beautiful, Rowdy Prisoners.


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