DVD: Rokia Traore, Live

(Indigo/Label Bleu)

The adventurous Rokia Traore has been mysteriously quiet of late, though she promises to return with her most unexpected music yet. This retrospective DVD almost does her justice. The first section consists of an impressive concert in Paris two years ago. The songs match her cool ballads and guitar work against the stuttering sound of the n'goni and the balafon, and the show ends with a furious dance workout.

The section that follows includes a thoughtful interview mixed with footage of her in Mali, in her second home, France, or working with the Kronos Quartet, and is followed by more random clips of her discussing life and cooking with a French chef. It's a pity the material wasn't developed into a more coherent documentary.


Robin Denselow

The GuardianTramp

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