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  • Audio CD (8 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B001C0NMY8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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On Tchamantché, singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré combines electric guitar with traditional instrumentation on nine self-penned tunes plus the Gershwin classic "The Man I Love". Just as on her previous album, Bowmboi, the Malian-born, European-bred singer and songwriter draws inspiration from the rich musical legacy of her homeland, but adds a decidedly contemporary lyrical sensibility and a sophisticated persona. Consistently championed by legends such as Ali Farka Touré, European audience have eagerly embraced Traore, and Tchamantché is another wonderful reason to do just that.

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Rokia Traoré, one of Mali's most talented creative musicians, has such a distinctive voice that you will always recognize her and each time you listen to her music you are enraptured! The songs on her new CD are no exception. They are softer and gentler in tone and also more worldly than those of her previous collections, bringing elements from other music cultures into her harmonies. Yet, the ten songs, all but one written, composed and arranged by her, are very much her unique blend.

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]
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The intimacy of her voice and songs make it irrelevant that one can't understand the words (although a translation is provided). Tchamantche is Rokia's best CD yet, building on the excellent Bowmboi. Do try to go to one of her live performances. Rokia simply gets better and better.
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I am not a "world music" fan - not usually.... But when I heard Rokia Traore singing on Radio 3's "Late Junction" I put down my book and listened. Then I got up and "googled" her name. Then I bought her latest album. Ever since then, I've been playing it for friends. I hope they like it. Because I do, more and more each time I hear it. It's one of those albums that bring you something new each time you listen.
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I first saw this singer when she appeared at the Brighton Festival in 2011. i didn't know who she was but her performance was mesmeric and buying this album was long overdue. i don't know why I waited so long. Her melodies and tonal voice RE DREmy and although sung in Banbara, the language of Mali, you seem to know what she is saying in her lyrics. Malian music could take the world by storm and the debut album, Fatou, of another Malian singer, Fatoumata Diawara, is another album well worth the price.
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I have recently been introduced to Rokia`s music and saw her for the first time on Later with Jools Holland. I have since had a chance to listen to her music and recently bought Tchamantche and its excellent. Rokia is a fantastic musician and a great ambassador for african music. Buy this album you will not be disappointed.
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Absolutely brilliant album. Wonderful voice and great musicians. A world cd that trancends the musical genres.
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I bought this simply by chance,its not even the sort of music i would listen to noramlly. Just hearing the samples on the amazon page blew me away....

It is a solid album with no fillers, so glad i bought it
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this lady is superb, her voice range, control, technique are out of this world. seeing her live in a couple of weeks in manchester england and really looking forward to hearing her live.
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