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  • Rokia Traoré has been named Guest Director for the 2019 Brighton Festival, May 4–26, following in the footsteps of Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, and others. "She is a remarkable artist who deserves to be recognized for the great breadth and range of her output," says Brighton Festival Chief Executive Andrew Comben. "She also has a great preparedness to think beyond her personal practice and engage with and comment upon the world around her—qualities which ideally suit her to the role of Guest Director."

  • Rokia Traoré will be the artist in residence at New York University's Institute of African American Affairs this semester. Through three programs curated by Traoré, she will share her work, ideas, and philosophy. The events, taking place at NYU October 26–30, including two lecture-performances and a culminating concert, are free and open to the public.

  • Né So
  • Tu Voles
  • Obikè
  • Kènia
  • Amour
  • Mayé
  • Ilé
  • Ô Niélé
  • Kolokani
  • Strange Fruit
  • Sé Dan
  • About This Album

    Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré's sixth album, Né So (Home), was released by Nonesuch Records on February 12, 2016. The album was produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman), who also produced her 2013 record, Beautiful Africa. Né So features guest performances by John Paul Jones and Traoré's labelmate Devendra Banhart, along with Burkinabe drummer Moïse Ouattara, Ivorian bassist Matthieu N'guessan, long-time collaborator Malian ngoni player Mamah Diabaté, guitarists Rodriguez Vangama and Stefano Pilia, and backing vocalists Bule Mpania, Russell Tshiebua, and Stefy Rika. The album features 10 original songs and a cover of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit." 

    Traoré had always been a traveler, but in 2009, she decided to move back to Mali. Three years later, she bore witness as her country's civil war gained terrible momentum. "Experiencing life in a war-torn country was traumatic. I became aware of how naïve I had been," she confesses.

    She had left Bamako for a while and moved to Europe with her young son while simultaneously experiencing personal difficulties. "Everything was falling apart," she says. "It's never easy to go through tough times, but it is also what makes you grow, and understand why you cling to certain things and give up on some others."

    Traoré started by writing and composing the songs alone. She then rehearsed in Bamako and recorded in Brussels and Bristol with musicians from the entire West African region. "I didn't want an all-Malian band. I need variety; I need a mix of cultures around me," she said. "You could say that Mali is where my roots are—it is where I take refuge in times of doubt, and where I accept risks when I must. Bamako was the place where I felt I would be both free and supported."

    Traoré has explored a breadth of directions in her career. She recently collaborated with Nobel Prize–winning novelist Toni Morrison and director Peter Sellars on the theater piece Desdemona. The Guardian called it "a remarkable, challenging and bravely original new work." And in 2013, London's Barbican produced a three-night series of shows by Traoré, entitled Donguili – Donke – Damou (Sing – Dance – Dream).

    Traoré was awarded the inaugural Roskilde Festival World Music Award in 2009 for her work with Foundation Passerelle, and in August 2013 the French government honored her with the distinction of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), recognizing her significant contributions to the arts. In 2015 she was a jury member at the Festival de Cannes. Traoré's artistic collaborators have also included Kronos Quartet and Damon Albarn.

    Her label debut, 2009's Tchamantché, won an award at the Victoires de la Musique (the equivalent of a Grammy Award in France) and a Songlines Artist of the Year Award for Traoré. Beautiful Africa debuted on the Billboard World Music Charts at #1. Uncut described it as "the record fans of [Traoré's] explosive live shows always hoped she would make; a career highpoint."

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Rokia Traoré, lead vocal (1–11), guitar 2 (1–6, 8, 10, 11), backing vocals (1–4, 6, 7, 8, 11), guitar (7), guitar 1 (8)
    Stefano Pilia, guitar 1 (1–6, 9– 11)
    John Parish, guitar 3 (1, 4), drums (9), vocal (10)
    Mamah Diabaté, ngoni (1–6, 9–11)
    Matthieu Nguessan, bass guitar (1–6, 10, 11)
    Moïse Ouatara, drums (1–6, 10, 11), percussion (10)
    Bule Mpania, Russell Tshiebua, backing vocals (1–4, 6)
    Rodriguez Vangama, guitar 3 (2, 3)
    John Paul Jones, bass guitar (7), mandolin (10)
    John Parish, drums (7)
    Stéfy Rika, backing vocals (7, 8, 11)
    Reggie Washington, bass guitar (9)
    Devendra Banhart, guitar 3 (11), lead vocal (11)

    MUSICIANS
    Rokia Traoré, lead vocal (1–11), guitar 2 (1–6, 8, 10, 11), backing vocals (1–4, 6, 7, 8, 11), guitar (7), guitar 1 (8)
    Stefano Pilia, guitar 1 (1–6, 9– 11)
    John Parish, guitar 3 (1, 4), drums (9), vocal (10)
    Mamah Diabaté, ngoni (1–6, 9–11)
    Matthieu Nguessan, bass guitar (1–6, 10, 11)
    Moïse Ouatara, drums (1–6, 10, 11), percussion (10)
    Bule Mpania, Russell Tshiebua, backing vocals (1–4, 6)
    Rodriguez Vangama, guitar 3 (2, 3)
    John Paul Jones, bass guitar (7), mandolin (10)
    John Parish, drums (7)
    Stéfy Rika, backing vocals (7, 8, 11)
    Reggie Washington, bass guitar (9)
    Devendra Banhart, guitar 3 (11), lead vocal (11)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by John Parish
    Recorded by Ali Chant at Jet Studio, Brussels, Belgium, and Toybox Studios, Bristol, UK
    Mixed by John Parish & Ali Chant
    Mastered at Loud Mastering, Taunton, UK

    Design by Barbara de Wilde
    Photography by Danny Willems

Format Availability

  • This album is available from Nonesuch Records for the world outside of Italy.

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on November 11, 2015 - 12:18pm
Artist Name: 
Rokia Traore
Release Date: 
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 09:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Rokia Traoré's Né So (Home), produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman), comprises 10 original songs plus a cover of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" and features guest performances by John Paul Jones and Devendra Banhart, along with Burkinabe drummer Moïse Ouattara, Ivorian bassist Matthieu N’guessan, and Malian ngoni player Mamah Diabaté. NPR calls Né So a "gorgeous new album" from a "fantastically gifted" artist. The Times says: "Traoré has made the album of her career." Uncut raves: "Brave, challenging and arrestingly original, Traoré may just have gone and made the finest indie-rock album to emerge from arguably the world's most musical continent."

Description: 

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré's sixth album, Né So (Home), was released by Nonesuch Records on February 12, 2016. The album was produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman), who also produced her 2013 record, Beautiful Africa. Né So features guest performances by John Paul Jones and Traoré's labelmate Devendra Banhart, along with Burkinabe drummer Moïse Ouattara, Ivorian bassist Matthieu N'guessan, long-time collaborator Malian ngoni player Mamah Diabaté, guitarists Rodriguez Vangama and Stefano Pilia, and backing vocalists Bule Mpania, Russell Tshiebua, and Stefy Rika. The album features 10 original songs and a cover of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit." 

Traoré had always been a traveler, but in 2009, she decided to move back to Mali. Three years later, she bore witness as her country's civil war gained terrible momentum. "Experiencing life in a war-torn country was traumatic. I became aware of how naïve I had been," she confesses.

She had left Bamako for a while and moved to Europe with her young son while simultaneously experiencing personal difficulties. "Everything was falling apart," she says. "It's never easy to go through tough times, but it is also what makes you grow, and understand why you cling to certain things and give up on some others."

Traoré started by writing and composing the songs alone. She then rehearsed in Bamako and recorded in Brussels and Bristol with musicians from the entire West African region. "I didn't want an all-Malian band. I need variety; I need a mix of cultures around me," she said. "You could say that Mali is where my roots are—it is where I take refuge in times of doubt, and where I accept risks when I must. Bamako was the place where I felt I would be both free and supported."

Traoré has explored a breadth of directions in her career. She recently collaborated with Nobel Prize–winning novelist Toni Morrison and director Peter Sellars on the theater piece Desdemona. The Guardian called it "a remarkable, challenging and bravely original new work." And in 2013, London's Barbican produced a three-night series of shows by Traoré, entitled Donguili – Donke – Damou (Sing – Dance – Dream).

Traoré was awarded the inaugural Roskilde Festival World Music Award in 2009 for her work with Foundation Passerelle, and in August 2013 the French government honored her with the distinction of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), recognizing her significant contributions to the arts. In 2015 she was a jury member at the Festival de Cannes. Traoré's artistic collaborators have also included Kronos Quartet and Damon Albarn.

Her label debut, 2009's Tchamantché, won an award at the Victoires de la Musique (the equivalent of a Grammy Award in France) and a Songlines Artist of the Year Award for Traoré. Beautiful Africa debuted on the Billboard World Music Charts at #1. Uncut described it as "the record fans of [Traoré's] explosive live shows always hoped she would make; a career highpoint."

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Rokia Traoré, lead vocal (1–11), guitar 2 (1–6, 8, 10, 11), backing vocals (1–4, 6, 7, 8, 11), guitar (7), guitar 1 (8)
Stefano Pilia, guitar 1 (1–6, 9– 11)
John Parish, guitar 3 (1, 4), drums (9), vocal (10)
Mamah Diabaté, ngoni (1–6, 9–11)
Matthieu Nguessan, bass guitar (1–6, 10, 11)
Moïse Ouatara, drums (1–6, 10, 11), percussion (10)
Bule Mpania, Russell Tshiebua, backing vocals (1–4, 6)
Rodriguez Vangama, guitar 3 (2, 3)
John Paul Jones, bass guitar (7), mandolin (10)
John Parish, drums (7)
Stéfy Rika, backing vocals (7, 8, 11)
Reggie Washington, bass guitar (9)
Devendra Banhart, guitar 3 (11), lead vocal (11)

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by John Parish
Recorded by Ali Chant at Jet Studio, Brussels, Belgium, and Toybox Studios, Bristol, UK
Mixed by John Parish & Ali Chant
Mastered at Loud Mastering, Taunton, UK

Design by Barbara de Wilde
Photography by Danny Willems

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

553578

FormatRestrictions: 

This album is available from Nonesuch Records for the world outside of Italy.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 12:15
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CD+MP3
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075597947496
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14.00
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075597947533
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14.00
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FLAC
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MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
Rokia Traoré, lead vocal (1–11), guitar 2 (1–6, 8, 10, 11), backing vocals (1–4, 6, 7, 8, 11), guitar (7), guitar 1 (8)
Stefano Pilia, guitar 1 (1–6, 9– 11)
John Parish, guitar 3 (1, 4), drums (9), vocal (10)
Mamah Diabaté, ngoni (1–6, 9–11)
Matthieu Nguessan, bass guitar (1–6, 10, 11)
Moïse Ouatara, drums (1–6, 10, 11), percussion (10)
Bule Mpania, Russell Tshiebua, backing vocals (1–4, 6)
Rodriguez Vangama, guitar 3 (2, 3)
John Paul Jones, bass guitar (7), mandolin (10)
John Parish, drums (7)
Stéfy Rika, backing vocals (7, 8, 11)
Reggie Washington, bass guitar (9)
Devendra Banhart, guitar 3 (11), lead vocal (11)

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