Rokia Traoré: "World music was expecting me to be what I'm not"

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Monday May 20, 2013

From The Africa Report

Rokia Traoré- A path between multiple identities
By: Rose Skelton

“‘World music’ was expecting me to be what I’m not,” Traoré says. “I’m not a griotte [praise singer]. I’m not from Wassoulou. I have not been in a national orchestra. I am not able to make traditional Malian music”

Rokia Traoré has gone back to school. She is taking social sciences and anthropology, has considered journalism and thought about training as a translator.

In the meantime, she has made a new album, with the rather understated title ‘” given the length and breadth of subjects, ideas and concepts covered within ‘” Beautiful Africa.

The studies, on top of musical collaborations, worldwide touring, theatre performances, running a music training school in Mali and the success of her 2008 album Tchamantché, are the fulfilment of a promise she made to her father when she gave up studying to pursue a career in music.

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