The award-winning Malian singer and guitarist performs songs from her 2008 album Tchamantche as well as some of her other hits. Rokia Traore is known for her unique ability to push the boundaries of the so-called world genre, blending folk, jazz and rockabilly music with her traditional African vocal style. As a member of the Bambara ethnic group and daughter of a diplomatic it is not considered appropriate in her culture for Traore to perform in public. Despite this she has become a highly successful and esteemed musician, winning a Victoires De La Musique award in 2009. She has also been awarded the Best Artist category in the Songlines Music Awards as well as the World Music Awards, also organised by Songlines. Unusually for African performers Traore performs acoustic guitar and as well as vocals and this lends to her unique sound. The style of guitar she uses is often associated with American rockabilly music which has never before been associated with African music. As well as promoting her albums Traore also actively takes part in concerts in aid of combating the spread of Malaria in Africa and in 2005 she performed as part of the Africa Live festival and Youssou N'dour And Friends concert in Geneva.
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Belvedere RoadLondonSE1 8XX
- 0844 847 9910
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