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Tuesday September 24, 2013

From Nonesuch

Nonesuch Releases Rokia Traoré’s “Beautiful Africa,” Produced by John Parish, in US on September 24

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré’s Beautiful Africa will be released in the US on September 24, 2013. The record, which was released internationally earlier this year to critical acclaim, was produced by English musician John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Sparklehorse). Uncut said, “Traoré’s sinuous voice sits at the centre of a hybrid maelstrom that combines the raw, earthy source of Malian rhythms with snarling rock guitars and pneumatic garage energy,” and called it “the record fans of her explosive live shows always hoped she would make and a career highpoint.” Beautiful Africa’s lyrics are sung in Traoré’s native languages of French and Bambara, as well as some English. Traoré performs music from her new album in New York City on November 15 as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light’s Festival; additional US tour dates will be announced shortly. Beautiful Africa is available for pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store and includes an instant download of the title track.

Pitchfork described Traoré’s previous record, 2009’s Tchamantché, as “a guitar album of a particularly understated bent … hauntingly spare yet ridiculously well-defined, the timbre and tone of every string presented in perfect resolution.” Tchamantché won a Victoires de la Musique (the equivalent of a Grammy Award in France) and a Songlines Artist of the Year Award for Traoré.

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