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    Watch: Rokia Traoré Performs "Ka Moun Kè" for the Guardian in Advance of Glastonbury Festival

    Rokia Traoré, who is currently touring Europe with music from her latest album, Beautiful Africa, recently performed an intimate solo version of the album track "Ka Moun Kè" 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 UK tour stop at the Glastonbury Festival on June 29. You can watch the Guardian video below. For details on Rokia Traoré's tour schedule, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    Beautiful Africa, which was released on Nonesuch Records in Europe in April, has been met with great critical acclaim in the UK, 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." The album is due for release in the US on Nonesuch this fall.

    In the recently published July issue of Songlines, the magazine counts down the Top 25 Mali Albums, a "countdown of the best albums from Africa's musical powerhouse," placing Rokia Traoré's 2009 Nonesuch album Tchamantché at No. 4. Also on the list are Fatoumata Diawara's 2012 debut album Fatou, Oumou Sangare's Oumou (2004), Ali Farka Touré's Savane (2006), Toumani Diabaté's The Mandé Variations (2008), Amadou & Mariam's Dimanche à Bamako (2005), and, at No. 1, Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté's Ali and Toumani (2010).

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Watch: Rokia Traoré Performs "Ka Moun Kè" for the Guardian in Advance of Glastonbury Festival

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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.

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Rokia Traoré, who is currently touring Europe with music from her latest album, Beautiful Africa, recently performed an intimate solo version of the album track "Ka Moun Kè" 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 UK tour stop at the Glastonbury Festival on June 29. You can watch the Guardian video below. For details on Rokia Traoré's tour schedule, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

Beautiful Africa, which was released on Nonesuch Records in Europe in April, has been met with great critical acclaim in the UK, 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." The album is due for release in the US on Nonesuch this fall.

In the recently published July issue of Songlines, the magazine counts down the Top 25 Mali Albums, a "countdown of the best albums from Africa's musical powerhouse," placing Rokia Traoré's 2009 Nonesuch album Tchamantché at No. 4. Also on the list are Fatoumata Diawara's 2012 debut album Fatou, Oumou Sangare's Oumou (2004), Ali Farka Touré's Savane (2006), Toumani Diabaté's The Mandé Variations (2008), Amadou & Mariam's Dimanche à Bamako (2005), and, at No. 1, Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté's Ali and Toumani (2010).

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