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Rokia’s Beautiful Sounds

Rokia Traore – Beautiful Africa (Album)

I would like to thank my “Cultural Assitant“ Tarlach O’Neil, who turned me onto Rokia Traore; as he semt me a link to her album Tchamantche, I subsequently found out she had released an Album earlier this year Beautiful Africa.

For those who havent heard of her before; Rokia Traore is from Mali and is a Victoires de la Musique award winner, this is her 5th album following up from 2008 Tchamantche Rokia has worked with producer John Parish (other producing credits include Sparklehorse & PJ Harvey).

Whilst Tchamantche felt more like a chill out world album, Beautiful Africa sees Rokia in a uptempo almost rock mode, but never losing her world music fusion sensibilities. When Rokia sings it is as if she is telling a story; a story that I don’t understand but like the sound of.

Of the songs on the album Ka-Moun Ke being the stand out track sounding like a slightly slower version of Yeke Yeke; Tuit Tuit has a beat that you cannot help tapping your feet to. The Title track Beautiful Africa is Rokia’s most rockiest number and gives the album a boost before the albums closing track Sarama; which is partly sung in English which lends even more poignancy to the track.

Should you only buy one world music album this year, make Beautiful Africa that purchase.

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