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Saturday, October 3, 2009 Options
Rokia Traoré

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Rokia Traoré. Photo: Richard Dumas.

Singer / songwriter / bandleader Rokia Traoré has always gone her own way. She's Malian by birth and often sings in her native Bambara, but with a diplomat dad, Traoré grew up around the world, and she has based her career in France. She has incorporated traditional Malian music into her sound but she would not call herself a traditional musician. Her lyrics often support women's rights and other socially progressive themes. Her latest CD, the sparse, intimate "Tchamantché" (Nonesuch) takes a step further away from her West African roots - but still does not abandon them completlely. Rokia joins us to talk about the new CD and other musical adventures.

Rokia's tour dates through the end of 2009 are in Europe. She will be back in North America in the spring with a show scheduled at the Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16 St in NYC on April 17.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Os Mutantes: Domingo no Parque Options / Live on Som Pop - TV Cultura 1969 / Unreleased
With Gilberto Gil

T.P.A.O. Batman Ork: Ay Beyaz Deniz Mavi Options / Various Artists: Altın Mikrofon / Dogan Music

MarchFourth Marching Band: Simplon Cocek Options / Rise Up / MarchFourth Music / *

Rude Mechanical Orchestra: Choli Ke Peeche Options / Various Artists: Honk Festival CD / Honk Festival

Mucca Pazza: Borino Oro Options / Plays Well Together / Leather Bus, Inc.

Hungry March Band: Red Box Options / Temporary Utopias / Hungry March Band

Fela: Witchcraft Options / The '69 Los Angeles Sessions / Sterns

Jacky Mekaiten: At Li KeHalom Options / Greatest Hits B / Reuveni Bros

Arash Hawaida: Alah Alah Options / Various Artists: Afghan Star (Soundtrack) / Silva Screen / *

Chimora: Mayibuye Iafrika Options / Mayibuye Iafrika / ZMC / 1990
Zimbabwean LP I picked up along w/ El Mejor del Año (see below) and others at Som Records,
a world music-friendly used LP shop at 1843 14th St NW (at T St, nr. Dupont Circle), Washington DC

Rokia Traoré: Tchamantché Options / Tchamantché / Nonesuch

Rokia Traoré: Mousso Gnaleden Options / Wanita / Indigo

Rokia Traoré: Mouneïssa Options / Mouneïssa / Indigo

Rokia Traoré: Dounia Options / Tchamantché / Nonesuch

Rokia Traoré: Zen Options / Tchamantché / Nonesuch

Rokia Traoré: Koronoko Options / Tchamantché / Nonesuch

Rokia Traoré: Tounka Options / Tchamantché / Nonesuch

Eva Ayllon: El Surco Options / Kimbafa / Times Square Records
Song in Festejo style written by Chabuca Granda, Ayllon's great influence.

Susana Baca: Harawi Options / Seis Poemas / Luaka Bop / *

Alex Cuba: De Camino Options / Agua del Pozo / Caracol Records / *

Franco: Nostalgie Options / Francophonic Vol. 2 / Sterns / *
New anthology

Wganda Kenya: La Gripita Options / Various Artists: El Mejor del Año 1977 1978 / Delujo

Smokey Hormel: Fiesta Folkloric Options / Smokey's Secret Family / Afro Sambas / *

Yasmin Levy: Si Veriash Options / Mano Suave / Times Square Records / *

Ulaş Özdemir: Güzel Yar Options / This Breath / Kalan

Mavrothi Kontanis: Nikriz Longa Options / Wooden Heart / Mavrothi T Kontanis Music

Yalla: Eto Lyubov Options / Tri Kolodsa / Melodiya

Listener comments!

  Sat. 10/3/09 6:27pm slugluv1313:

SO COOL to hear RUde Mechanical on the radio!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  Sat. 10/3/09 7:08pm johanna:

We've been loving you and Rokia for a long, long time.
  Sat. 10/3/09 7:09pm Your DJ:

Thanks guys!
  Sat. 10/3/09 7:54pm Anonymous Frequent Commenter:

Great sounds from Rokia Traoré, Really enjoying this.
  Sat. 10/3/09 8:28pm ratbone:

whoa.. too this
  Sat. 10/3/09 8:58pm Anonymous Frequent Commenter:

The guitars and/or other strings heard in the last few tracks have been really excellent, detailed, evocative....
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