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- Monday, April 22, 2013
Rokia Traoré will be a guest on BBC Two's Later ... with Jools Holland this week, performing songs from her new album, Beautiful Africa. She and her band play "Kouma" on Tuesday's live show and "Mélancolie" and "Tuit Tuit" on Friday's show. This week's programs also include performances from Phoenix, Eric Church, Laura Marling, Petula Clark, and more. Tuesday morning, Traoré will discuss the album and perform "Ka Moun Kè" on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.
- Monday, April 8, 2013
Rokia Traoré's "Beautiful Africa" Released in Europe, Earns Five Stars in Guardian, Observer, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times
Rokia Traoré’s new album, Beautiful Africa, following last week's release in France, is out this week in the UK, the rest of Europe, and Canada, with the US release to follow at a later date. The album has been met with great critical acclaim, earning perfect five-star reviews from the Guardian, which calls her "Africa's most inventive singer-songwriter," Observer, Daily Telegraph, and Financial Times. Uncut calls it "a career highpoint." Traoré recorded an intimate version of the album track "Ka Moun Kè" in the halls of le Trianon in Paris; watch it here, where you can also watch her recent appearance on Radio France's Vinyl Radio.
About this Album
This version of the Tchamantché song "Zen" was recorded live in Paris, following the album's 2008 European release. Rokia is joined by Tchamantché bassist "Disco" Minck, along with a new supporting band on Mamah Diabate on senza and n'goni, Seb Martel on guitars, and Emiliano Turi on drums for the occasion.
Rokia Traoré, vocals
Mamah Diabate, senza, n'goni
Seb Martel, guitars
Christophe "Disco" Minck, bass
Emiliano Turi, drums
Recorded and mixed in Paris by Marlon B., December 2008
Written and arranged by Rokia Traoré, lyrics by Marcel Kanche and Rokia Traoré
This single is available from Nonesuch in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom only.