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Vinyl, Limited Edition, January 13, 2009
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Every song on this album is a little universe of ideas, emotions and melodies.
Seriously, I really hope that many, many people give this album a chance. It is a very, VERY good album.
Five years after her great hit CD, the exquisite Bowmboï, whose rhythms and tonality enchanted audiences all over the world, TCHAMANTCHE will in no way lack in enthusiastic listeners. Still grounded in the traditional Mali tunes, rhythms and instruments, Rokia Traoré has found her own musical style.
Singing primarily in her own language, Bambana, Tchamantché, meaning "balance", Traoré's songs beautifully capture general human themes from personal love, spirituality and respect for Mali's traditions. (The accompanying booklet provides English and French translations). Even with her tribute to Billy Holliday, THE MAN I LOVE, the only song in this collection not written by her, she succeeds in making it very much her own song. The more you listen, the more the songs get under your skin. [Friederike Knabe]
The liner notes include helpful translations of her lyrics, which are about Life, in it's personal, interpersonal and transpersonal aspects, yet I find the sound and feeling of the singing and music convey these qualities way better and more directly than any ideas I might get from the words...
At just under 46 minutes it's a relatively short CD, and it may not be quite as powerful and immediate as her spectacular 1998 more traditional sounding masterpiece Wanita (although it is much better than her more experimental 2002 recording Bowmboi), but for fans of modern/roots African, jazz, and blues this is simply great and highly recommended music.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great CD. Wonderful music an musicianship, and very good recording quality. Highly recommended!!! This was my first cd by Traore, but will not be my last.Published on January 1, 2014 by Ihor H.
Once a while you came upon an artist whose work touches you and in the case of a singer and song writer Rokia Travore whose lyrics and voice simply resonates with me so profoundly... Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by Jingke
I purchased this because I was waiting for her latest cd to be released and was not disappointed. If you take the time to read the words to her songs you'll be amazed with the... Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by reads a lot
sounds like rokia - haunting, beautiful, otherworldly. definitely worth every penny. however, there's not as much variety as i expected (granted, this is the only rokia album i... Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by NAS
Rokia has such a stunning voice... it is rich and deep and lively all at once. I especially loved listening to it whilst on the London Underground... Read morePublished on October 22, 2009 by KC
I had heard the music before purchasing the CD; however, I was disappointed to find that the very first tract has a defect. I wish I could exchange it.Published on March 27, 2009 by Jim