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Beautiful Africa by Rokia Traoré

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Beautiful Africa

Rokia Traoré

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Beautiful Africa

Rokia Traoré

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Rokia Traore has always been a strong songwriter, but her fifth album is positively spellbinding. Written in the shadow of the violent conflict in northern Mali that has displaced many (including musicians), Beautiful Africa is powerful, searingly painful at times but also hopeful. It is a tribute to the continent Traore loves, but also her place in it: rock guitars echo in the background, their mournful riffs twisting around the traditional ngoni lute. Traore's vocals are deceptively vulnerable, her fluttering strains capable of plaintive cries ("N'Teri") and ardent rallying ones ("Kouma").

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