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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 Format,CD,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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