Paris, France – Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré is releasing her newest album, Tchamantche, this month, and will be touring Europe and North Africa. Ever since she was declared the “African Discovery of 1997” at the Angoulême Festival in France, Rokia Traoré hasn’t looked back. Now, more than ten years later, this fantastic singer and guitarist from Mali is releasing her fourth full-length album Tchamantche (Universal Jazz France) on May 19th in France, and will be available throughout May and June in Belgium, Holland, the US, Canada, the UK, Italy and Japan. The release of this newest album will coincide with a tour across North Africa and Europe – see dates below.
The daughter of a diplomat, living in the US, Europe and the Middle East before studying in Brussels, Rokia Traoré hasn’t just traveled all over the world – she has lived all over the world, and the perspective she achieved coupled for her love for music has led to a style famous for its unique tendencies and unapologetic themes. Her new album aims to impress both critics and audiences – Rokia’s last album, Bowmboï, sold 200,000 copies worldwide.
16 May – Bamako, Mali: Blonba
22 May – Rabat, Morocco: Festival Mawazine
24 May – Luzern, Switzerland: KKL / Luzerner Saal
1 May – Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Festival Festi’Neuch
7 June – Milan, Italy
13 June – Florence, Italy
4 July – Agadir, Morocco: Festival Timitar
26 July – Sines, Portugal: Festival Musicas do Mundo
2 August – Namur, Belgium: Espéranzah Festival
14 August – Budapest, Hungary: Sziget Festival
15 August – Stockholm, Sweden: Open air Festival
17 August – Helsinki, Finland: Helsinki Festival
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