5 facts about Rokia Traoré

Contemporary Music, Announcements, Guest Director, Music, Contemporary music, World music

She knows the theatre world well

As well as being a singer, songwriter and guitarist, Rokia has also been involved in many theatre performances, most notably in Desdemona, a collaboration with Nobel-prize winner Toni Morrison and US director Peter Sellars.

She’s performed alongside the likes of Paul McCartney

In 2012, Rokia joined the Africa Express tour in the UK and was joined on stage by Sir Paul McCartney. She also sang in duet with Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz).

She’s an activist and humanitarian

Rokia was appointed Ambassador of Goodwill for the West and Central Africa region by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2015. In Bamako, Mali (where she grew up - she was born in 1974 in the suburbs of the capital) Rokia has set up Fondation Passerelle, a foundation to promote music and the performing arts amidst the social crises in Mali

She’s been a judge at Cannes

Rokia was a member of the jury of the 68th Cannes International Film Festival in 2015.

She has a varied roster of collaborators

Her 2016 album Né So (Home) features the unmistakeable vocals of Devendra Banhart, and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) plays bass and mandolin. This album and 2013’s Beautiful Africa were produced by John Parish (Eels, PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman.) 

And in other news

Announcements

Brighton Festival is #HereForCulture

2 Apr 2021

Brighton Festival is able to bring events back to audiences thanks to support received today from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.We…

Read more
Guest Director

Brighton Festival is back!

29 Mar 2021

We’re delighted to be back from Sat 1 May with arts outdoors, online and safety back on stage.

Read more
Visual arts

Art Inspired by Science & Nature comes to Brighton Festival

28 Mar 2021

A walk in a magical forest and an immersive installation inspired by the Large Hadron Collider will transport Brighton Festival audiences into other worlds…

Read more