NCSU Center Stage presents Malian singer and guitarist Rokia Traoré
Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 8pm
Stewart Theatre at NC State University
2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh
Tickets: 919-515-1100 or ncsu.edu/arts
PUBLIC $24-$28, $14 students
NCSU $19-$23 faculty/staff, $5 students
Event website: http://www.ncsu.edu/centerstage/currentseason/rokia.html
The New York Times picked her album “Tchamantché” as one of the ten best of 2009. On Saturday, April 10 at 8pm, Malian singer and guitarist Rokia Traoré will perform live in Stewart Theatre at NC State University, presented by NCSU Center Stage.
The most adventurous singer-songwriter in Africa knew that she wanted to create a new musical style that was “more modern, but still African, something more blues and rock than my folk guitar.” Then Traoré heard an old Gretsch, the classic electric guitar so beloved by American rockabilly bands back in the Fifties and Sixties, and played by everyone from Chet Atkins to George Harrison. That was the sound she had been looking for, and it has helped to bring a fresh and startling new dimension to her exquisite and adventurous songs.
The daughter of a Malian diplomat who was posted to the USA, Europe and the Middle East, Rokia Traoré studied in Brussels and worked in a rap band before deciding to go back home to Mali to create the music she wanted. “Rokia Traoré is creating a sensation among world music fans, reminding audiences anew of her country’s rich music heritage and depth of talent.” –NPR
Pre-show discussion with Philip Van Vleck, 6:45pm, Walnut Room.