is a young singer full of talent. Born as a daughter
of a Malian diplomat, she has lived all over the world, and studied sociology in Brussels. In 1990, her parents
gave her a guitar as birthday gift, she learnt to play it herself, without any help of a music teacher.
At the end of 1997, she was recording her first album in a French studio. By then, she had already received
the « prix découverte RFI »
and performed successfully on the
« Musiques métisses »
festival in Angoulême, France.
This first album, « Mouneïssa »
sold 30,000 times, which is remarkable
for an album so much rooted in traditional phrases. But don't be mistaken, she composes the songs herself, and her
approach is full of innovation (for instance the unique combination of the bala ba
Bélédougou region with the ngoni
lute of the Bambara), the lyrics are
on modern time issues. Her second album, « Wanita »
turned out to be even better!
On following albums, Rokia continues to impress:
" It really doesn't get better than this in today's
African music. Rokia's work is exciting, surprising, and always perfectly executed "
Rose Skelton, Songlines March 15, 2013 Edition
" Rokia Traoré's heartfelt plea on behalf of Mali, her homeland,
is also a simply brilliant piece of music "
Michael Cragg, The Guardian