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Rokia Traoré sings in quietly compelling tones on Né So, an album informed by her personal experience of Mali's descent into war. "A house, habits, a future," she sings ruefully on the refugee lament "Né So" ("Home"). Like a West African Joni Mitchell, Traoré traces her relationship with Mali through good and bad times. While acoustic guitars and a two-stringed ngoni accompany her on "Kolokani," other tracks contain lilting arrangements of understated rhythmic complexity. And Traoré's take on Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" drives the horror home.

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Born: January 26, 1974 in Beledougou, Mali

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Rokia Traore's family was both a blessing and a curse for her musical career. Her father was a diplomat and she spent her childhood traveling several continents -- Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, and France. There she was exposed to a variety of styles of music, from classical, jazz, and pop to Indian traditional composition. However, her family was also part of Mali's nobility, which has traditional caste prohibitions against its members making music. For her countryman Salif Keita, who was a member...
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