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Tchamantché
     

Tchamantché

by Rokia Traoré
 

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Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré returns with Tchamantché, the follow-up to her award winning and critically acclaimed 2003 breakthrough Bowmboï. Tchamantché stems from a simple inspiration—the sound of an old Gretsch guitar—and employs a traditional pop rhythm section. The instrumentation is often sparse, contrasting

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Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré returns with Tchamantché, the follow-up to her award winning and critically acclaimed 2003 breakthrough Bowmboï. Tchamantché stems from a simple inspiration—the sound of an old Gretsch guitar—and employs a traditional pop rhythm section. The instrumentation is often sparse, contrasting the Gretsch or the classic Silvertone guitar with subtle percussion effects provided by human beat box and hip-hop artist Sly Johnson, or the n’goni, the tiny, sharp-edged West African lute that has always been an integral part of her sound, played alongside the Western classical harp. Traoré composed all the songs on Tchamantché, with the exception of the Billie Holiday classic “The Man I Love,” a song she first sang in a duet with Dianne Reeves during the Billie and Me tour in 2005. Known for her outspoken lyrics, Traoré covers a variety of topics on her new record. She discusses the problem of illegal immigration from Africa to Europe in “Tounka,” and, in “Dounia,” reminds Malians that they should be proud of the glories of their past. “Zen” is a song about having the courage to do nothing, and “Yorodjan” was written in praise of African street parties.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2009
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597993455
catalogNumber:
465532
Rank:
131952

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Performance Credits

Rokia Traoré   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Steve Shehan   Percussion
Sly Johnson   Background Vocals,Beat Box
Christophe "Disco" Minck   Bass,Harp
Sebastien Martel   Guitar
Mahamane Diabate   N'Goni
Vincent Taeger   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Daniel Richard   Executive Producer
Steve Shehan   Composer
Patrick Jaunead   Vocal Engineer
Martin Davies   translation
Rokia Traoré   Arranger,Composer
Gilles Guerlet   Artwork
Phill Brown   Engineer,Percussion Engineer
Jérôme Witz   Artwork
Thomas Weill   Producer
Marcel Kanche   Composer

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