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    NPR: Rokia Traoré's "Tchamantché" Is "A Graceful and Tender Record" with "An Extraordinary Vibe"

    Rokia Traoré's new album, Tchamantché, has been dubbed "a Malian masterpiece" by NPR's All Songs Considered. In the show's latest episode, available now at npr.org, host Bob Boilen describes Traoré as "a gorgeous singer from Mali" and calls Tchamantché "a graceful and tender record." He makes note in particular of Traoré's "delicate version" of Billie Holiday's "The Man I Love."

    "Tchamantché is a record that has an extraordinary vibe," says Boilen. "You can hear it in the traditional Malian instrument, the ngoni, which is a harp-sounding instrument, but you can also hear it in the distorted Gretsch guitar."

    Boilen then plays the album's opening track, "Dounia." You can listen to the entire episode online or as a podcast from npr.org.

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NPR: Rokia Traoré's "Tchamantché" Is "A Graceful and Tender Record" with "An Extraordinary Vibe"

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Rokia Traoré's new album, Tchamantché, has been dubbed "a Malian masterpiece" by NPR's All Songs Considered. In the show's latest episode, host Bob Boilen describes Traoré as "a gorgeous singer from Mali" and calls Tchamantché "a graceful and tender record" with "an extraordinary vibe."

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Rokia Traoré's new album, Tchamantché, has been dubbed "a Malian masterpiece" by NPR's All Songs Considered. In the show's latest episode, available now at npr.org, host Bob Boilen describes Traoré as "a gorgeous singer from Mali" and calls Tchamantché "a graceful and tender record." He makes note in particular of Traoré's "delicate version" of Billie Holiday's "The Man I Love."

"Tchamantché is a record that has an extraordinary vibe," says Boilen. "You can hear it in the traditional Malian instrument, the ngoni, which is a harp-sounding instrument, but you can also hear it in the distorted Gretsch guitar."

Boilen then plays the album's opening track, "Dounia." You can listen to the entire episode online or as a podcast from npr.org.

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