Mali’s biggest international star, singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré effortlessly blends the traditional sounds of Mali with blues, rock, jazz and folk. One of the most inventive artists in Africa today, Traoré is remarkable not just for the range of her powerful and emotional voice but also for her stunning live performances, which range from up tempo guitar-heavy pop to haunting ballads. Studying with Ali Farka Touré in the 1990s, her breakthrough came when she was hailed as the “African Discovery” of 1997 by Radio France Internationale after playing at the Angouleme Festival in France. Since then she has continued to experiment and explore new ideas while selling out concert halls in Paris, London and New York. This is her long awaited Savannah debut.
“Traoré’s a singer-songwriter in the modern sense who embraces but also stretches centuries-old traditions.”