Rokia Traoré


26 January 1974, Beledougou, Mali. A singer/composer originally from the south of the country, her father was a diplomat who moved his family around the world, exposing Traoré to a diverse range of cultures during her childhood. As a member of the Bamana ethnic group, Traoré was able by custom to pursue singing as a career without suffering the constraints placed on other Malian vocalists descended from noble families. She recorded her debut Mouneïssa in 1997 and it was... Read more