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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In Context: Rokia Traoré

Rokia Traoré performs at BAM on September 24. Context is everything, so get even closer to the show with this curated selection of articles, interviews, and videos related to the artist. Once you've seen it, help us keep the conversation going by telling us what you thought below.

NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Toumani Diabaté and Sidiki Diabaté will no longer be participating in this performance.

Program Notes

Rokia Traoré (PDF)

Read & Listen

Rokia Traoré on WNYC's Soundcheck (WNYC)
The Malian singer discusses and performs tracks from her new album, Beautiful Africa.

“Rokia Traoré On Taking Up Music, And Mali's 'Iron Women’” (NPR)
Just as war was breaking out in Mali last year, Traoré was finishing her latest album.


The Nonesuch/BAM Connection (BAM)
BAM and Nonesuch go way back. Bob Hurwitz and David Bither of Nonesuch elaborate.

Rokia Traoré Performs “Ka Moun Kè” (The Guardian)
How do you want me to be? And who do you want me to be?” Traoré’s song asks.

Rokia Traoré on KEXP (KEXP)
Traoré performs songs from her recent release at the Seattle radio station.

Now your turn...

So how did you enjoy the show? Likes? Dislikes? Surprises? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below.


  1. She was great - thanks BAM!

  2. I've seen Rokia many times and she's always great, and tonight was no different...beautiful, talented and refreshing, as always. It was a nice surprise to have Kronos Quartet do a couple of songs with her.

  3. Between tonight's lush, intense and very moving performance, the incredible Ballads night with Kronos Q, and the inimitable heights of Yousou nDour, the Nonesuch concerts have been remarkable.

  4. let's do it again next year BAM. Pure talents from africa, after Youssou ndour, Rokia traore. My god, you saved my summer.

  5. Wonderful! Thank you for bringing her and her band and Kronos to BAM!

  6. A completely exquisite show!

  7. it was a fantastic performance. the kronos quartet appearance was a welcome surprise for me.
    i think bam did great at warning people about concert changes both prior to and at the concert. bravo for the effort!

  8. Rokia didnot need Toumani and son. Fantastic show by her self with her band. It was 2hr of uplifting singing and dancing.Thank you for notifying me about program change. THE POWER OF GOD WORKING WITH A WOMAN !


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