Magazine article Herizons

Wanita: Rokia Traore

Magazine article Herizons

Wanita: Rokia Traore

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WANITA: ROKIA TRAORÉ

Two years after the European success of her first album, Mouneissa, Malian singer/songwriter/dancer Rokia Traoré crossed the Atlantic last summer to promote her recent CD, Wanita, in North America. As part of this tour, the mellow bluesy folk groove that introduced her acoustic-based performance at Toronto's Harbourfront Center steadily intensified until, with Traoré's encouragement toward the end of the show, many previously passive spectators eagerly began dancing in the aisles. Curiously though, unlike Wassoulou star, Oumou Sangare -- the renowned "Songbird of Mali" -- thus far Traoré's popularity remains almost exclusively in the international market.

Hailed as a `modern woman,' Traoré is the daughter of Malian diplomats and consequently spent portions of her youth growing up in Algeria, Saudi Arabia, France and Belgium as well as her West African homeland. Though her prestigious family connections have likely influenced the extensive promotional campaigns that launched and sustained her relatively rapid and flawless ascent onto the world music scene, there is no denying that this 26-year-old has developed a pleasant musical blend of traditional instruments such as djembé, n'goni, balafon and kora along with a guitar -- and, occasionally, even an electric bass. …

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