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Bowmboi by Rokia Traoré
Released: Jan 2004
Label: Nonesuch
Rokia Traore isn't a Malian singer in the tradition of Nahawa Doumbia or Oumou Sangare. Where their voices command the space, Traore's voice alights on each track like a gift that could be snatched away if we're not careful. From the spare grace of "M'Bifo" to the hypnotic circularity of "Mariama," Traore shows both range and consistency. "Manian" is a revelation.
Sarah Bardeen


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