Music is universal and below Rokia Traoré proves this with her rich soulful voice.
Rokia Traoré (born January 24, 1974) is a Victoires de la Musique award-winning Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist. Born in Mali as a member of the Bambara ethnic group, her father was a diplomat and she travelled widely in her youth. She visited such countries as Algeria, Saudi Arabia, France and Belgium and was exposed to a wide variety of influences. Her hometown of Kolokaniis in the northwestern part of Mali's Koulikoro region.
Unusually for a female musician in Africa, Rokia plays acoustic guitar as well as sings, and she uses vocal harmonies in her arrangements which are rare in Malian music.
As well as guitar she plays ngoni (lute) and balafon.
Listen to her music below
Rokia Traoré WOMAD 2004 Adelaide, Australia