Posts Tagged ‘Rokia Traore’

African Rhythms, KFAI 01/28/16

January 28, 2016

rokia traore 2 New music from Rokia Traore, Ibrahim Maalouf, plus Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, TisDass, Offside Trick, Remmy Ongala and more on today’s African Rhythms. Now streaming: via KFAI – 90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul. (more…)

African Rhythms, KFAI 03/05/15

March 5, 2015

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New music from Songhoy BluesMbongwana Star and Sauti Sol plus timeless classics by Rokia TraoreVusi Mahlasela and Remmy Ongala — plus much more — on today’s African Rhythms via KFAI – 90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul.


African Rhythms, KFAI 03/21/13

March 21, 2013

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New music from the great Rokia Traore and much more on today’s African Rhythms streaming now at the KFAI site.


African Rhythms, KFAI 08/09/12

August 9, 2012

New music from Staff Benda Bilili, Antibalas and Ondatrópica; favorites from Ken Boothe and Rokia Traore; a set of classic Congolese rumba and more on today’s African Rhythms on KFAI. Two hours with Brad and Charlie — now streaming at the KFAI site.

photo: Ondatrópica


African Rhythms, KFAI 03/15/12

March 21, 2012

On this week’s African Rhythms on KFAI: Women of African Music: Great Voices from the Continent. This show, devoted exclusively to African women vocalists in honor of Women’s History Month, gave us an opportunity to play all-female groups like the Amazons of Guinea and the Mahotella Queens, superstars like Mariam Makeba, Oumou Sangaré, Cesaria Evora, and Gigi Shibabaw, and some lesser-known women who deserve to be known. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to hear superb singers we could not fit in this two-hour show, such as Monique Seka (Ivory Coast), Amina Annabi (Tunisia), Mbilia Bel (Zaire/Congo), Toto Bissainthe (Haiti), Coumba Gawlo Seck (Senegal), Mingas (Mozambique), Rasha (Sudan), and Susanna Baca (Peru). With Charlie, Joelle and Brad. Hear the show at the KFAI site.

Top Shows Of The Year, 2009

December 17, 2009

(The Who didn’t play here in 2009 but sounded pretty great a couple of years ago at the Xcel Center… this photo predates that show by a little. From This Isn’t Happiness.)

Rokia Traore, The Cedar

Vieux Farka Touré, The Cedar

The Itals, Nomad World Pub

Os Mutantes, The Cedar

King Sunny Adé, Minnesota Zoo

Lucinda Williams/Tom & Lu’s wedding, First Avenue

The veterans (Itals, Mutantes, Adé) came through big time with solid shows while the upstarts from Mali (Traore, Farka Touré) showed they can contend with anybody. And Lucinda & Tom’s wedding as the finale to a great performance by her was just an amazing evening for all.

The 10 Best Albums of 2009

December 10, 2009

It was a good year for the ladies:

Kylie Auldist/Made Of Stone (Tru Thoughts)

Mayra Andrade/Storía Storía (RCA Victor France)

Sara Tavares/Xinti (Four Quarters)

Oumou Sangare/Seya (Nonesuch)

Peaches/I Feel Cream (XL)

Rokia Traore/Tchamantche (Nonesuch)

Quantic & His Combo Barbaro/Tradition in Transition (Tru Thoughts)

Havana Cultura: New Cuba Sound (Brownswood)

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics/Inspiration Information Vol. 3 (Strut)

Brownout/Aguilas & Cobras (Six Degrees)

Each of these discs contains an abundance of tracks that will soothe, delight and inspire. While any of them would make a fabulous holiday gift, my recommendation is to treat yourself.

Other fine music from 2009: new releases from Tinariwen, Amadou & Mariam, Vieux Farka Touré (a great year for music from Mali!), Lura, Céu, Alice Russell, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Tony Allen, Puerto Plata, and Staff Benda Bilili. Ignore the pop charts, there is thrilling music percolating all over the planet.

Reissue of the year: Big Star/Keep Your Eyes On The Sky (Rhino): You may already own most of these tracks but they have never sounded better. The live disc is a revelation as well. A worthy monument to a great (and unjustly ignored in their time) band.

(related posts: The 10 Best Albums of 2008, The 10 Best Albums of 2007)

image source: LP Cover Lover

Rokia Traore: Dounia

March 27, 2009

From her current CD, Tchamantché.

Rokia Traore at The Cedar

February 7, 2009

Rokia Traore and her group are making some of the most amazing music on the planet right now.  A new musical direction brings elements of 70s funk rock to her delicate modern take on Malian traditional music. That could have been a recipe for disaster, but on the evidence of her show last night at The Cedar it’s a spectacular success.

The publicity photo here suggests the Rokia of previous records, beautiful, ethereal and restrained. It’s a misdirection because her shows are exuberant, dynamic workouts that are as great as any powerful rock concert you’ve been to but also have the depth of the ages.

Rokia Traore

February 8, 2008

The Surface Noise Jukebox brings you more exquisite music from Mali, this time courtesy of Rokia Traore, performing Sara from her Bowmboi album.