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The album has a spiritual atmosphere,I didnt find it dark ,it has an almost ancient feel about it.I loved its bare sound it gave her vocals room to move whilst still having some truly original and experimental beats and noises.
It was very well produced, I was hard pressed to find one song I didnt like, my favourites were M'bifo,Manian,Deli,Deli is one of the most incredible songs on the album.
Most african albums I was raised on are jovial and upbeat this was a wonderful change,I dont think you even have to like african music to love this.
If you want to dance about, this album wont be to your liking but if you like a bare original acoustic sound with amazing vocals you will love this.
As far as the 'unusual rhythms' present, one of the things that drew me to African music in the first place was the amazing polyrhythms -- rather than playing against each other, they combine and build into a whole that is truly 'greater than the sum of the parts'.
Rokia's voice is in fine form -- that instrument and her songwriting ability have been the foundation of her success. I can't see this album doing anything to erode that reputation.
I've only had this for 24 hours -- but I've been listening to it almost constantly during that time. It's that good. If you enjoyed her previous efforts, PLEASE give this a listen -- it's not as far removed from those works as the other review seemed to indicate.
I am not sufficiently knowledgable of Malian music to state how traditional it actually is. (She actually brought Laurie Anderson to mind upon occasion.) The instrumentation, other than the tasteful, sparse introduction of a string quartet on some songs, is wholly of traditional regional instruments. She sings in her native tongue about things that are obviously of importance to her. While her voice is occasionally imperfect from a technical standpoint, it is laden with passion, and her vocals, especially the divine harmonies, are human and moving. Coupled with the unpredictable cadence and placement of her melodies, she fuses wonderfully with the music. I can't remember the last time I played a disc repeatedly as I have this one. It is a wonderful reminder to those of us in the west who have grown jaded by the sounds of teenagers pounding out predictable progressions with bar chords that there really are approaches to music that are entirely unexplored by us.
I have no reservations about recommending this disc. But make sure you know what you're getting into. If you're looking for a purely feel-good project, I would look elsewhere. But if you're looking for something with pathos and emotional range, I would give this a listen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super fine and irresistible for organic African music lovers. Mali was and still is the well of West African music and Rokia is for sure one of its distinguish artists.Published on December 30, 2013 by Slobodan Glumac
I come to Traore's music as a fan of world music in general, and African music in particular.
I highly recommend Traore's Bowmboi to fans of world music. Read more
As someone who grew up in Africa, I find this CD one of the best in a long time. I also have "Wanita" by the same artist, but I have not been able to stop listening to "Bowmboi"... Read morePublished on March 14, 2007 by Christo
This woman has an amazing voice. I do not speak her language but do not need to. Her music speaks for itself. Deeply spiritual.Published on January 12, 2007 by Ava
A mix of haunting, sad music with some faster, upbeat compositions. Some will find the album a lot different in style from Rokia's earlier two, although it is just the emphasis... Read morePublished on May 21, 2006 by R. R. D. Alder
Rokia Traore is, among many other things, perhaps the epitome of female beauty, both inside and out. Read morePublished on December 4, 2005 by Megan Romer