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  • blog March 29, 2016

    Rokia Traoré Live at the Highline Ballroom

    I saw singer/guitarist Rokia Traoré and her band deliver a rollicking set at the Highline Ballroom in New York on March 23, performing songs from her new album Ne So (Nonesuch), which reflects on the profound troubles in the north … Read more »

  • review February 26, 2016

    Né So

    It takes all of about four seconds of the first track of Né So for Rokia Traoré’s voice to come in and transfix the listener. Her latest album is mostly a mellow affair, wherein Traoré-the-arranger steps aside to make room … Read more »

  • blog December 23, 2013

    Banning Eyre’s Top Ten for 2013

    With so much musical travel this year—Accra, Beirut, Montreal…—and so much producing around Ghana and Lebanon, I have not been as focused on current releases as usual. So I am even less inclined to call this a true “Best Of … Read more »

  • interview November 18, 2013

    Rokia Traore: On “Beautiful Africa” and Complicated Mali

    Rokia Traore’s fifth album Beautiful Africa (Nonesuch) is no doubt one of the most innovative and interesting African releases of 2013. Continuing the guitar focus and rock aesthetic of Rokia’s 2008 release Tchamantche, this spare and elegant set of songs … Read more »

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