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Rokia Traoré «» Beautiful Africa (2013)

 Rokia Traoré «» Beautiful Africa (2013)

Rokia Traoré «» Beautiful Africa

Born: January 24, 1974
Origin: Kolokani, Mali
Album release: 2013
Record Label: Nonesuch
Duration:     45:02
Tracks:
1. Lalla      (3:29)
2. Kouma      (4:01)
3. Sikey      (3:29)
4. Ka Moun Kè      (6:26)
5. Mélancolie      (4:08)
6. N'téri      (9:28)
7. Tuit Tuit      (5:24)
8. Beautiful Africa      (3:35)
9. Sarama      (5:02)
Website: www.rokiatraore.net
Description in french:
∩  "L’indépendance d’esprit ne se gagne pas que par des combats et des revendications. Elle s’acquiert aussi au jour le jour, par la compréhension intime de soi comme par l’attention portée à autrui et au monde extérieur ; elle s’apprend et se raffine au fil du temps, tel un métier qui exigerait patience et application. C’est ce long mais sûr travail d’affranchissement de soi, de libération de la parole, des pensées et des désirs, que reflète et raconte Beautiful Africa, le nouvel album de Rokia Traoré. Réalisé par l’Anglais John Parish, voici le cinquième jalon discographique d’une trajectoire unique en son genre, tracée sous le double signe de l’exigence et du plaisir.
Avec toute la spontanéité qui fonde son inspiration, Rokia Traoré y réaffirme sa volonté d’échapper aux carcans des poncifs et des genres. Malienne de naissance et de culture, la musicienne, fille de diplomate, a couru le monde et connu l’exil dès son enfance.
∩  Les choix qui ont présidé à la conception de Beautiful Africa perpétuent et accentuent cette aspiration au décloisonnement. Ils disent aussi combien Rokia Traoré, parvenue à ce stade de la maturité qui autorise un certain lâcher-prise, est plus que jamais désireuse de laisser sa musique se déployer dans la pleine mesure de ses vibrations. Après en avoir rôdé le répertoire sur scène (“Je voulais qu’un de mes disques dégage autant d’énergie que mes concerts” dit-elle), la chanteuse, guitare électrique toujours en bandoulière, a confié la mise en son de ce nouvel album à John Parish : un homme réputé pour l’humilité et la profondeur de son écoute, autant que pour la justesse avec laquelle il a su capter l’inspiration versatile de PJ Harvey, autre grande experte en arpentages et en brouillages de pistes.
∩  Car depuis les paysages fauves et électriques qu’elle brosse avec ses musiciens, depuis le poste d’observation où son parcours atypique l’a aussi menée, c’est bel et bien le continent noir que Rokia Traoré garde amoureusement en ligne de mire. Marquée par les événements tragiques qui frappent son pays depuis de longs mois, la Malienne, une fois passé l’instant de la sidération, a décidé de réagir. Ecrite dans l’urgence du studio, la chanson-titre de Beautiful Africa offre ainsi comme la brûlante synthèse d’un album qui tisse un lien entre le feu du dedans et l’air du dehors, entre l’âme humaine et la réalité qui l’entoure, l’ imprègne et la nourrit. “Je crois en ce continent, envers et contre tout, dit Rokia Traoré. A ce sujet on me dit passionnée et folle, mais je ne suis ni illogique ni inconsciente. Je ne peux simplement pas me résigner à l’idée qu’il n’y a rien à faire. Si je crois autant en l’Afrique, c’est parce que, dans ce monde de pouvoir et de puissance où elle n’est pas considérée, elle est précisément l’un des derniers endroits où tout reste toujours à découvrir et à faire.” Et quand elle dit cela, on jurerait qu’elle parle tout autant de cette vie de chant et de musique qui est la sienne; cette vie sans cesse réinventée dont Beautiful Africa dessine aussi le souverain territoire."

Discography:
∩  1998 : Mouneïssa
∩  2000 : Wanita
∩  2003 : Bowmboï
∩  2008 : Tchamantché
∩  2013 : Beautiful Africa
Biography by Stacia Proefrock
∩  Rokia Traore's family was both a blessing and a curse for her musical career. Her father was a diplomat and she spent her childhood travelling over several continents, to Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, and France. There she was exposed to a variety of styles of music, from classical, jazz, and pop to Indian traditional composition. However, her family was also part of Mali's nobility, which has traditional caste prohibitions against their members making music. For her countryman Salif Keita, who was a member of the Manding people, it was an almost insurmountable burden. For Traore, though, the prohibitions were not as strict. The Bamana ethic group did have a musical tradition of their own, especially among women, with performers called griottes travelling to perform at weddings and gatherings.
∩  Traore's musical style, however, has little in common with the griottes. Unlike their signature wailing sound, her voice is smooth and gentle, and her arrangements, while somewhat minimalist, make use of both traditional instruments like the balafon, n'goni, and kora, as well as acoustic guitar and electric bass. That sound is evident on her debut release, Mouneissa, from 1998, but most evident on her 2000 release, Wanita. For Wanita, Traore wrote and arranged the entire album, seizing the controls from a male engineer who believed that a young girl was incapable of handling the production of an album. The result shows a deeply personal and individual style which reflects both innovation and tradition.
∩  Rokia Traoré is a singer/songwriter/guitarist /dancer from Mali.
∩  In many parts of West Africa, professional  musicians are often from a certain lowly caste called the 'griots'. However, Traoré's family are from the Bamana ethnic group who do not observe this restriction so strictly. Therefore when Rokia was young she was able to sing with others at wedding celebrations, despite coming from a privileged background.
∩  As Rokia's father was a diplomat, her family spent a lot of time in different countries while Rokia was growing up. She came into contact with many local and international styles of music, although her parents were reluctant for her to become a musician. When she was a bit older Rokia stayed at the lycée in Bamako while her parents were in Brussels and there she developed her voice and first performed in public. 
∩  In 1997 she met Ali Farka Toure who gave her quite a lot of guidance and then in 1998 she recorded her first album, Mouneïssa. The tracks on 2000's Wanita CD are all in Bamanan except 'Château de sable', which is in French. Her lyrics cover issues like respect, traditions and relationships. She is joined by Boubacar Traoré on the track 'Mancipera'. Coco Mbassi does the backing vocals on several tracks and Toumani Diabaté plays kora. Hauntingly beautiful gentle tracks make this a real treasure trove. The hallmark of Rokia's music is trance-like rhythms, in contrast to many of the other women musicians from Mali like Kandia Kouyate. The accompanying instruments Traore chooses are unique as they are traditional like the balafon (giant wooden xylophone) and the tiny n'goni, which are not normally heard together. She also uses kora and calabash percussion.  Rokia is very well known internationally as she has performed with her band in many festivals and also at numerous venues in USA and London including the Barbican. She has been a finalist for several awards and won the Kora All Africa Music Award for Most Promising Female in 2001. In 2009 she won 'Best Artist' in the Songlines Music Awards and was presented with the trophy after her performance at WOMAD. On stage she is truly compelling with her voice, guitar and dancing.
∩  On Rokia's 10-track album Bowmboï (2003), several of the songs discuss the vital topic of childhood, including the two tracks on which she is joined by the Kronos Quartet. Her style is definitely unique. Also listen out for her distinctive voice on a Senerap band's album: Daara J's Boomerang. Together and separately Rokia and Daara J produce a winning sound for today's world - it can't be sheer coincidence that both Rokia and Daara J won awards in the 2004 BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards. A DVD featuring Rokia's 2004 concert at La Cigale in Paris plus extras is now available too.
∩  In 2006 Rokia performed in an ambitious work to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birthday in which Mozart was depicted as a griot in the 13th century. On another stage she was with Dianne Reeves and Fontella Bass in the play 'Billie and Me' (about the life of Billie Holiday).
∩  Tchanantche is the title of Rokia's different-sounding album release of 2008 which covers topics such as illegal immigration. She composed all the songs except 'The Man I Love' which is a Billie Holiday classic. She went on a busy touring schedule to present the album. Check out Rokia’s detailed web site which has stunning photos and her very busy concert schedule: www.rokiatraore.net
Fortaken: http://www.africanmusiciansprofiles.com
 

File:Rokia Traoré singing at TED in 2007.jpg  © Photo credit: Eric Hershman; Rokia Traoré at TED in June 4, 2007
Notes: TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate "ideas worth spreading."
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) je každoroční konference s heslem „myšlenky, které stojí za rozšíření“ (ideas worth spreading). Skládá se z přednášek, nazývaných TED Talks, na které jsou pozváni zajímaví hosté ze různorodých oblastí vědy, techniky, umění, designu, politiky, vzdělání, kultury, byznysu, globálních otázek, technologie a rozvoje a zábavy. Přednášející doposud zahrnovali mj. i laureáty Nobelovy ceny, významné osobnosti z korporátního světa, ale i politiky jako Billa Clintona nebo Ala Gorea. 

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