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Fatoumata Diawara at Nourse Theater

Read "Fatoumata Diawara at Nourse Theater" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Fatoumata Diawara
Nourse Theater
Mali Fest
San Francisco, CA
April 18, 2014

A buzz was in the air among those assembled at San Francisco's Nourse Theater for the first night of Mali Fest, a set of two concerts which featured two distinct acts. This initial evening headlined the multitalented singer, ...


The African Folk Soul of Bongos Ikwue

The 1970’s were an extremely fertile era for music. In America, progressive soul and funk broke new ground while London spawned the punk rock scene and Kingston, Jamaica gave the world roots reggae. In Nigeria, an extraordinarily diverse and dynamic cultural scene yielded not only Fela’s Afrobeat and juju’s peak with Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey ...


Rokia Traorè

Read "Rokia Traorè" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Milano, Rolling Stone, 12.06.2008 La musica di Rokia Traorè getta le sue radici nell'Africa, più specificamente nel Mali, ma si discosta molto da quella dei suoi conterranei più legati alla tradizione (stiamo pensando ad esempio a Salif Keita o a Oumou Sangare). Del resto, e bene ha fatto la cantante a ricordarlo nel corso del concerto, l'Africa di oggi è ...


Rokia Traor: Bowmbo

Read "Bowmbo" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Rokia Traoré presents an entirely different role model for an African female singer. She reflects on her Malian tradition and sings exclusively in her native language, Bamanan, which she chose because of its particular richness in metaphor and texture. But as she declares on “K”tê Don," from her third release, Bowmboï: “I respect my ancestors/But tradition ...