Traore, Rokia / Tchamantche
Album: Tchamantche   Collection:World
Artist:Traore, Rokia   Added:Jan 2009
Label:Nonesuch Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-02-01 Pull Date: 2009-04-05 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Mar 29 Mar 8 Mar 1 Feb 22 Feb 15 Feb 8
Airplays: 1 2 2 1 4 5

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 18, 2023: Music Casserole
The Man I Love
4. Mar 22, 2018: Melange
The Man I Love
2. Nov 20, 2021: Music Casserole
The Man I Love
5. Sep 02, 2017: Music Casserole
The Man I Love
3. Jul 27, 2019: Music Casserole
6. Jan 11, 2017: At the Cafe Bohemian

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-01-30
From Mali by way of the rest of the world. A beautiful singer /songwriter/guitarist joined here by guitars, lute, percussion, and human beat box. All originals except for a Gershwin classic and all wonderful. She uses her voice so well, soft and full of emotion. A hint of blues, a touch of pop, rooted in Africa. It’s hip, sophisticated and worldly.

1. Slow, fragile vocals, quiet guitar. Picks up, midtempo, bluesy.
2. Downtempo, coolly atmospheric w/a slow kind of pain.
3. Slow, gentle, hypnotic, like a water drop. Picks up, gets midtempo.
4. Starts slow then strings & perc kick in, very cool midtempo.
5. Gentle strings, soft vocals. A fragile, vulnerable sound.
6. Upbeat w/layers of vocals harmonizing & cool perc/strngs.
7. Stars w/voices, gets into a driving beat w/soaring vocals.
8. Relaxed guitar/vox lead into a hip down/midtempo Afro groove.
9. Gershwin goes to Africa. Classic ballad w/Afro-jazz flourishes.
10. Slow, warm & bright w/sweet percussion & a swaying feel.

Track Listing
1. Dounia   6. Koronoko
2. Dianfa   7. Tounka
3. Zen   8. Tchamanche
4. Aimer   9. The Man I Love
5. Kounandi   10. A Ou Ni Sou