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Country : Mali Label : Nonesuch Genres and styles : Folk Rock Year : 2013
Rokia Traoré

Beautiful Africa

· by Alain Brunet

With John Parish, PJ Harvey’s loyal collaborator, Mali’s Rokia Traoré created a superb collection of songs in 2013, in perfect harmony with their time. A soprano with a magnificently sandy voice, a brilliant lyricist and an energetic composer, the Bambara artist put her planet-spanning perspective and deep roots in the sub-Saharan zone to good use, pursuing impulses both West African and rock. There’s no fat to trim on the programme of the subtle and energetic Beautiful Africa, conceived by a global citizen very proud of her cultural heritage.

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