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Guardian Gives Rokia Traoré's 'Beautiful Africa' 5 Stars

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Thursday April 04, 2013

From The Guardian

Rokia Traoré: Beautiful Africa – review
By: Robin Denselow

This is the most commercial, rock-influenced album to date by Africa’s most inventive singer-songwriter, and it’s dominated by sturdy riffs and bass lines. Rokia Traoré has always set out to surprise, and by choosing to work with John Parish, the producer and guitarist best known for his work with PJ Harvey, she has moved away from the acoustic or blues influences of her other recent projects. But this is still a distinctively African album, partly sung in Bambara, and with the n’goni as dominant as the guitars. And it succeeds because of the sheer quality of her singing and the thoughtful, varied songs from the light and then furious Kouma to Mélancholie, a highly personal reflection on sadness and solitude.

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