http://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."Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist Newsrokia traorehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/rokia-traore-beautiful-africa-streaming-npr-first-listen-2013-09-16September 16, 2013|0 commentsRokia Traoré's "Beautiful Africa" Streaming in Full As NPR First Listen: "As Smart and Lovely As Its Creator"
Rokia Traoré's new album, Beautiful Africa, is due out September 24, in the US, following its critically acclaimed international release earlier this year. But no need to wait till then to hear it. The album is streaming in full all this week as an NPR First Listen. "Beautiful Africa is just as smart and lovely as its creator," says NPR Music's Anastasia Tsioulcas. Rokia Traoré kicks off her North American tour at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival in November.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Radiorokia traorehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/rokia-traore-beautiful-africa-featured-npr-all-songs-considered-2013-08-28August 28, 2013|0 commentsRokia Traoré's "Beautiful Africa" Featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered": "Talk About a Beautiful Voice"
Rokia Traoré, whose new album, Beautiful Africa, will be released in the US on September 24, is featured on the latest episode of NPR's All Songs Considered. The show closes with "Kouma," the second track off her new album. "'Kouma' is the work of the amazingly talented Rokia Traoré," says the show. "Talk about a beautiful voice." Traoré kicks off a North American tour at Lincoln Center's White Light Festival in November.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Radiorokia traorehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/nonesuch-releases-rokia-traore-beautiful-africa-produced-by-john-parish-september-24-2013-07-22July 22, 2013|0 comments
Nonesuch Records will release singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré’s Beautiful Africa in the US on September 24, 2013. The record, which was released internationally earlier this year to critical acclaim, was produced by English musician John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Sparklehorse). Uncut called it “the record fans of her explosive live shows always hoped she would make and a career highpoint.” Traoré performs music from the album in NYC in November as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light’s Festival; additional US tour dates will be announced. Beautiful Africa is available for pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store and includes an instant download of the title track.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist Newsrokia traorehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/koerner-hall-2013-14-season-audra-mcdonald-chris-thile-shawn-colvin-rokia-traore-fatoumata-diawara-2013-07-15July 15, 2013|0 commentsKoerner Hall 2013–14 Season to Include Audra McDonald, Chris Thile, Shawn Colvin, Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara
The Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto has announced its 2013–14 concert season, the organization's fifth anniversary season, which will feature performances from several artists familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Audra McDonald, performing the season's sold-out opening gala concert, Chris Thile, Shawn Colvin, Rokia Traoré, and Fatoumata Diawara. Tickets are on sale now.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsrokia traorehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/watch-rokia-traore-performs-ka-moun-ke-guardian-glastonbury-2013-06-18June 18, 2013|0 comments
Rokia Traoré, who is currently touring Europe, recently performed an intimate solo version of "Ka Moun Kè" off her new album, Beautiful Africa, for the Guardian. In the exclusive live session, part of the Guardian's How I wrote ... series, she discusses the origins of this love song, the title of which translates as "Darling, What Can I Do For You?" The performance is a preview of Traoré's upcoming tour stop at the Glastonbury Festival. Watch the video here. Songlines has listed Rokia Traoré's 2009 album, Tchamantché, at No. 4 among the Top 25 Mali albums.