Currently touring with Brit art-folk act Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Malian superstar Rokia Traoré has no time for the term ‘world music’
World music can throw up some negative connotations for many. But it really is a redundant term, only offering meaning in the context of any music made outside the North American, Western European and the English speaking ex-Commonwealth axis. In other words, everything else is simplified as ‘world music’.
“I never really understood this concept of ‘world music’,” says Rokia Troaré, speaking from Amherst, Massachusetts, while touring the USA. Read the rest of this article »