Africa’s most adventurous songstress makes a long-awaited return to the Chan Centre. The daughter of a Malian diplomat from the Bambara ethnic group, she travelled widely as a young woman and was exposed to a variety of musical and cultural influences.
The impact of this unique upbringing is ever-present in her spirited, surprising music, which playfully integrates elements of blues, rock, and pop with traditional African instruments and sounds.
Her critically acclaimed 2013 album, Beautiful Africa, is a love song to her birthplace; acknowledging both its majestic splendor and anguished challenges.
“Africa’s most inventive singer-songwriter.” - The Guardian
Traoré’s impressive career to date has included collaborations with artists such as the Kronos Quartet, Dianne Reeves, and director, Peter Sellers. She was recently honoured by the French government with the distinction of “Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” for her significant contribution to the arts.
- Free pre-performance film screening of Living Memory: Six Sketches of Mali Today in the Royal Bank Cinema at the Chan Centre at 5:30PM for Rokia Traoré ticket holders. Limited seating available on a first come first served basis. Read more
- UBC's delicious new food truck, The Hungry Nomad, will be serving outside the Chan Centre prior to the performance. Menu items include a BC Beef Brisket sandwich, OceanWise Tempura Cod Burger and Classic Vegetarian Poutine. Visa, Interac and cash are accepted.
This event is part of the Chan Centre Presents 2013/14 season. Click here to view our season brochure.