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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B0002M5T9I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Malian singer Rokia Traore attracted a lot of attention with her 1998 debut Mouneissa and the even better Wanita in 2000. Now the singer-songwriter returns with Bowmboi, an album filled with creative aspiration but still set within the framework of traditional Malian instrumentation. As with the past efforts, the singer is again accompanied by acoustic guitar, n'goni (African lute), kora harp and balafon (a buzzing marimba). But here the stripped-down songs are darker and more mature, creating an overall vibe that sensuously haunting, particularly when she adds polyphonic multi-track call-and-response vocals. Amidst these earthy arrangements, the Kronos Quartet joins in for "Manian" and "Bowmboi." Having a western and modern classical feel, the music is a departure that nonetheless works because Traore matches their rhythms while staying within her creative vision. Indeed, her singing in her native Bamanan is the cornerstone to the album, soaring high and erupting into cadenzas or riding long wavering lines that shimmer with passion. –-Tad Hendrickson

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I highly recommend Traore's Bowmboi to fans of world music.
Danusha V. Goska
I have'nt heard an album this good in a long time, I saw Roika featured on a documentry but didnt pay attention to her music.
Katie
The layering is amazing, lush and haunting, inventive and fanciful.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Katie on October 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have'nt heard an album this good in a long time, I saw Roika featured on a documentry but didnt pay attention to her music.She is an extraordinary artist who despite living in the western world has not traded in her roots.

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.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Looney on September 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
That's how I view this recording -- I respectfully differ with one of the reviewers below. It seems to me that Rokia is holding firmly to the traditions on which her music is based -- the experimentation that is present on this disc is a natural product of her growth as an artist. The instrumentation that marked her first two albums is intact, dominated by the balofon, n'goni, acoustic guitar and percussion -- the 'stretching out' that she does by adding some vocal complexities here and there, as well as the incredible talents of the Kronos Quartet on two tracks, serves the music well. The strings are surprisingly effective and unobtrusive -- partly because of the abilities of the players (The Kronos Quartet has built quite a reputation over the years) and partly because of the arrangements (by Stephen Prutsman).

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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Always Looking on June 28, 2005
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Most westerners who respond to African music are drawn by the infectious, joyful, hooky percussion. If that is the case, I would suggest looking elsewhere first. Make no mistake, those fabulous polyrhythms are part of this project. But this is not your standard "let's party" African disc. It is a mature work by a mature artist, running the gamut of the emotional spectrum. While it is often joyous, it is just as frequently dark, moody, and atmospheric, as likely to make you pause in melancholic nostalgia for a lost love as move your hips with exultation.

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.
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By Slobodan Glumac on December 30, 2013
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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.
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As far as I'm concerned, nobody rocks it like Rokia. She takes you places that you never thought you would go; but needed to. Her songs are precise and majestic. The layering is amazing, lush and haunting, inventive and fanciful. It is rare that you get to hear such heartfelt and impactful music that is this original. I love all her albums, they each have their own tone,; this one is real solid, and has a very inward quality to it. Listen to it on a cold day with a nice hot drink in your hand and dreams in your heart.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christo on March 14, 2007
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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" since I got it. The first track "M'Bifo" is beautiful, but the last track "Bowmboi" is exquisite. Now I have to admit that I ordered the current CD after reading about it on th Kronos Quartet website, but hey, African music does not belong in a museum. It has to evolve, like any genre of music.
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