Beautiful Africa - Rokia Traoré
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  • Summary: John Parish produced the Malian–born singer-songwriter's fifth release featuring songs sung in English, French, and Bambara.
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  1. 100
    She remains a real original.
  2. Apr 4, 2013
    100
    It succeeds because of the sheer quality of her singing and the thoughtful, varied songs from the light and then furious Kouma to Mélancholie, a highly personal reflection on sadness and solitude.
  3. Apr 4, 2013
    90
    What is perhaps most impressive about Beautiful Africa is its sheer number of thrilling twists and turns.
  4. Apr 4, 2013
    80
    It's the record fans of her explosive live shows always hoped she would make and a career highlight. [May 2013, p.79]
  5. Apr 10, 2013
    80
    Seb Rochford's drumming gives songs such as Kouma an unavoidably non-traditional kick, and the guitars (primarily by the singer herself) have a crunch missing from her early recordings. [May 2013, p.85]
  6. Sep 23, 2013
    80
    The Malian singer Rokia Traoré has a gentle voice with a steely core, one that’s revealed more clearly than ever on Beautiful Africa.
  7. Rokia rocks, and it's a fine and bracing thing to hear.

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