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    Traore, Rokia “Bowmboit” [Nonesuch]

    Quiet Griot? Gorgeous voice from this daughter of Mali. She
    also accompanies herself on guitar throughout (and evidently
    was guided by Ali Farka Toure), but the string instrument that
    stands out is the ngoni. It sounds like a lighter, more fluid
    form of harp (as played here by Andra Kouyate). It does some
    of that gnawa halwa tight picking, which fits in so well with
    the bevy of percussion on most tracks. So the music sort of
    flicks along, while her voice just floats. She dubs in a lot
    of the background vocals, and thus it really does sound like
    one mind singing through many mouths. #8 is the most wistful
    ballad, too sad for drums. The “kids” from Kronos turn up on
    the #5 and #10 but end up taking her voice out of the sonic
    wild, and those pieces end up feeling a tad less inspiring.
    Note #10 stops at 6:09 in, hidden track starts at 6:57

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 13, 2005 at 2:53 am
  • Filed as CD,Format,International
  • 1 comment

  • One Comment

    I saw the performance on 17/3/2005 in cc De Warande Turnhout, the place where I work. It was splendid ! My congratulations !

  • Comment by Gerd Rosiers, March 22nd, 2005 9:36 am

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