When: 6 November
Where: Brighton Dome Corn Exchange
One of the most inventive female singer songwriters in Africa today, Rokia Traoré visits Brighton Dome this week as one of only six UK live dates in support of her latest album Beautiful Africa.
The daughter of a Malian diplomat who was posted to the US, Europe, and the Middle East, Traoré studied sociology in Brussels before embarking on her musical career. Although based in Bamako, Traoré has, for her son’s safety, temporarily relocated to Paris due to the current conflict in Mali. Her music draws upon her homeland’s traditions as well as the European and American rock and pop she has listened to throughout her life. Beautiful Africa – released earlier this year – was produced by English musician John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Sparklehorse) and recorded at Toybox Studios in Bristol. Its lyrics are sung in the Malian–born Traoré’s native languages of French and Bambara, as well as some English.