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Monday March 11, 2013

From The Los Angeles Times

Rokia Traoré
By: Randall Roberts

Malian singer Rokia Traoré has an exquisite voice and an even more lovely way around a phrased melody. On her delicately crafted “Beautiful Africa,” the French-singing chanteuse offers West African guitar pop, smooth but funky, not soft, suggestive of a more rhythmically dense Sade. It’s the kind of record that will prove your musical mettle during an impress-your-friends dinner party, while resting on a yoga mat or during a Sunday morning space-out. “Beautiful Africa,” produced by longtime PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish, confirms the album title’s truth.

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