http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/watch-rokia-traore-performs-kcrw-morning-becomes-eclectic-2014-01-09January 09, 2014|0 comments
Rokia Traoré, as part of her US tour last fall to mark the release of her new album, Beautiful Africa, stopped by the studios of KCRW in Santa Monica to perform on Morning Becomes Eclectic and talk with the show's guest host, Chris Douridas, about the new album and tour. KCRW has posted video of the complete interview and performance, featuring songs from the new album, which you can watch here. NPR calls her "one of Mali's most revered voices."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Video Radiorokia traorehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/watch-rokia-traore-beautiful-africa-pbs-newshour-2014-01-03January 03, 2014|0 comments
Rokia Traoré, whose new album, Beautiful Africa, landed on a number of Best of the Year lists, recently spoke with PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown about the album. "Rokia Traoré and her music are a mix of African and Western influences and languages," says Brown. "Traoré's new album addresses the problems of Mali and the continent, but also, as its title, Beautiful Africa, suggests, much more." Watch the complete PBS NewsHour piece here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Television Videorokia traorehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/cbc-emmylou-harris-jeremy-denk-rokia-traore-bombino-albums-best-2013-12-20December 20, 2013|0 comments
CBC Music has published its list of the Top Albums of the Year, and featured among them are four albums released on Nonesuch Records in 2013: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell's Old Yellow Moon (Best Singer-Songwriter Album), Jeremy Denk's recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations (Best Classical Album), and Rokia Traoré's Beautiful Africa and Bombino's Nomad (Top 5 World Music Albums).Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Radiorokia traorehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/itunes-names-inside-llewyn-davis-rokia-traor-bombino-jeremy-denk-albums-among-best-of-2013December 18, 2013|0 comments
The music editors at iTunes in the US have made their selections of the Best of 2013, and featured among them are four critically acclaimed albums from Nonesuch Records: the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack among the Best Albums, Soundtrack; Rokia Traoré's latest album, Beautiful Africa, and Bombino's label debut, Nomad, among the year's Best Albums, World; and Jeremy Denk's recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations among the Best Albums, Classical.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsrokia traorehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/rokia-traore-sam-amidon-timo-andres-npr-musics100-favorite-songs-2013-12-11December 11, 2013|0 comments
NPR Music has published the list of its 100 Favorite Songs of 2013, and featured among them are songs from three Nonesuch Records releases: Rokia Traoré's "Mélancolie," from her new album, Beautiful Africa; Sam Amidon's "My Old Friend," from Bright Sunny South; and Timo Andres's Paraphrase on Themes of Brian Eno, from Home Stretch. "What do you have to do, as a song, to win our hearts," asks NPR. "You have to sink in. You have to stop someone dead in her tracks. You need to cause that man to act a fool." These are songs that "are stamped with memories or reliably turn the temperature up or put a smile on our face every single time."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Radiorokia traorehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/rolling-stone-mojo-q-uncut-name-several-nonesuch-albums-years-best-2013-12-02December 02, 2013|0 comments
With less than a month to go before 2013 comes to a close, music magazines have begun to weigh in on the best in music this year. Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, and Uncut have all published their lists of the Best Albums of the Year, and included among them are a number of Nonesuch releases: the latest from Emmylou Harris and Rokia Traoré and the label debut albums from Sam Amidon, Devendra Banhart, Bombino, and Iron & Wine.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsrokia traorehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/rokia-traore-north-american-tour-excellent-album-beautiful-africa-ny-times-2013-11-15November 15, 2013|0 commentsRokia Traoré Launches North American Tour Featuring "Excellent" (NY Times) New Album, "Beautiful Africa"
Rokia Traoré kicks off a two-week North American tour at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater in New York City tonight, as part of the White Light Festival. The nine-city tour includes stops in Vancouver, Seattle, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Toronto, and Montreal. The New York Times' Ben Ratliff calls her new album, Beautiful Africa, "excellent," noting that it "balances rough and smooth, soft and loud, ngoni and chiming electric guitar, lilt and funk," and describes Traoré as "a self-possessed, intense performer."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsrokia traorehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/rokia-traore-kicks-off-uk-tour-beautiful-africa-songlines-best-albums-2013-11-06November 06, 2013|0 comments
Rokia Traoré kicks off a six-date tour of the UK with a performance at the Brighton Corn Exchange tonight, followed by stops in Leeds, Edinburgh, Derry, and Manchester, before culminating in a show at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Traoré and her band then head to New York City to launch a two-week North American tour at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the White Light Festival. Songlines has just named Traoré's new album, Beautiful Africa, among the Best Albums of 2013.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsrokia traorehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/rokia-traore-npr-all-things-considered-new-album-beautiful-africa-2013-09-26September 26, 2013|2 comments
Rokia Traoré spoke with NPR's All Things Considered about her new album, Beautiful Africa, and the inspiration behind its songs, not least her fellow Malian and African women. "These women are simply amazing because when I feel tired, I imagine them in their life of every day. They never show that they are tired. They are like iron women: all the time working, but working and smiling and taking care of everything with nothing to support them," she explains. "I wanted to ... say thank you for being my source of inspiration."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Radiorokia traorehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/rokia-traore-beautiful-africa-out-now-2013-09-23September 24, 2013|1 comments
Today marks the release of Rokia Traoré’s new album, Beautiful Africa, in the US. The record, which was released internationally earlier this year to critical acclaim, was produced by English musician John Parish. "The Malian singer Rokia Traoré has a gentle voice with a steely core, one that’s revealed more clearly than ever on Beautiful Africa," says the New York Times. NPR concludes: "Beautiful Africa is just as smart and lovely as its creator." Following its UK release, the album earned five stars from the Observer, Guardian, and Songlines, which raves: "It really doesn’t get better than this in today’s African music ... Rokia’s work is exciting, surprising, and always perfectly executed."