Review: Rokia Traoré in London

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Tuesday June 26, 2012

From The Guardian

Rokia Traore – review
By: Robin Denselow

It’s rare to review concerts by the same artist twice in a week, but Rokia Traoré deserves to be an exception: her three recent shows at separate London venues were all completely different.

The second of the series, at the Barbican, started quietly, with Traoré and singers joined by traditional kora, ngoni and bolon, and later by double bass and guitar. Then, on her vintage Gretsch guitar, she reworked the bluesy Kèlè Mandi in a stately duet with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones on mandolin. He stayed on to join the full band in her rousing treatment of Bob Marley’s Zimbabwe, and a finale in which she paid tribute to African singers from Miriam Makeba to Tabu Ley Rochereau.

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