Presented by World Music Institute and SummerStage
Rokia Traoré is quite possibly one of the most talented female singer/songwriters to ever come out of Mali, one of Africa's most musically rich countries. Her incredible musicianship and persuasive vocal skills allow her to effortlessly blend the sounds of Mali with desert blues, folk, and other traditions. One of the most inventive artists in Africa today, Rokia is remarkable not just for the range of her powerful and emotional voice but also for her stunning live performances. On her 2016 release, Né So, Rokia turns to friends John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), and Devendra Banhart to help her express her deep sadness at the state of turmoil in her native Mali. Lamenting her homeland's loss of life, culture, and traditions, Rokia draws audiences in with a striking translation from emotion to song, including transcriptions of some of Toni Morrison's prolific writings.
With dj.henri from radioafricaonline.com
"Traore's a singer-songwriter in the modern sense who embraces but also stretches centuries-old traditions." - Chicago Tribune