KFAI proudly sponsors the extraordinary Rokia Traoré at the Cedar Cultural Center on Monday, November 25, at 7:30 pm.
One of the most inventive female singer/songwriters in Africa today, she is remarkable not just for the range of her powerful and emotional voice but also for the sheer variety of her work. She has written three wildly different new sets of music: the acoustic Damou (Dream), the often bluesy Donguili (Sing), and the rock-influenced Donke (Dance), in which she set out to show “three different aspects of Malian culture and my own personality.”
Now comes Beautiful Africa, an album of the powerful new songs first heard in her Donke project, reminding listeners it was rock music that first inspired Traoré’s remarkable career. When she was growing up, an older brother used to play her Dire Straits and Pink Floyd. “It wasn’t all I listened to—I discovered jazz and blues with my dad, and Malian and other African music, and French chanson, but it was rock music that made me want to learn guitar.”
More information is available at The Cedar Cultural Center.