The daughter of a Malian diplomat posted to the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, Traoré studied in Brussels and worked in a rap band, before deciding to go back to Mali to create the music she wanted, which was "not pop, not jazz, not classical, but something contemporary with traditional instruments." Traoré is indeed a remarkable artist, and it is difficult to think of anyone else who can switch from ancient Malian culture to acting and dancing to African rock 'n' roll.
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