North American Tour and US Release of Rokia Traore\’s Bowmboi

New York City, USA –
has a new album
available in the United States. Nonesuch Records recently released Bowmboi,
a recording that includes the renowned Kronos Quartet.  The album has sold more than 100,000
copies in France alone. While the arrangements on Bowmboi are simple and sparse,
the album is rich in musical and lyrical depth.

Traore draws on the vast diversity of cultures she has
experienced. Born into a well-educated Malian family, Traore is the daughter of
diplomat and has lived everywhere from North Africa to the Middle East to
Europe, as well as in the Malian capital, Bamako, where she was once a member of
a high school rap group.The first track, “M’Bifo,” opens with the plucking of an
n’goni, an African lute, but the result, when combined with Traore’s soaring
vocals, is a thoroughly contemporary folk song. Similarly, on Bowmboi,
Traore-who is fluent in several languages-sings exclusively in her native
Bamanan, a language she chose because its particular richness in metaphor and
texture allows her to write and sing in a distinctive new way.

In “Kote Don,” she speaks out about conventional
thinking in all areas: “I dislike what is rigid, set/ What ‘is’ without knowing
why/ All that is hierarchical, static/1 respect my elders/ But tradition is not
infallible/ It is not absolute/ Time passes, we all change/ Nothing remains the

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Rokia Traore Fall Dates

October 1                              

Kingston, RI

University of Rhode Island

October 2                             

Middleton, CT

Wesleyan University

October 3

Toronto, ONT

Small World Festival

October 8

Chicago, IL

Old Town School

October 9

Chicago, IL

Old Town School

October 10

Minneapolis, MN

Cedar Culture Center

October l2

Ann Arbor, MI

The Ark

October 14

Montreal, QUE


October 15

Somerville, MA

Somerville Theater

October 16

New York, NY

Zankel Hall

October 18

Washington, DC


October 20

Calgary, ALB

Epcore Centre

October 22

Vancouver, BC

Chan PAC

October 23

San Francisco, CA

Palace of Fine Arts/SF Jazz

October 24

Santa Cruz, CA

Rio Theater