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Win Tickets to See Rokia Traoré at Nourse Theatre! 

When: Fri., Nov. 22 2013
It all started with a sound inside Rokia Traoré's head. One of the most adventurous singer-songwriters in Africa knew that she wanted to create a musical style "more modern, but still African, something more blues and rock than my folk guitar." Then she heard an old Gretsch, the classic electric guitar beloved by American rockabilly bands back in the fifties and sixties, and played by artists from Chet Atkins to George Harrison. That was the sound she had been looking for, and it has helped bring a fresh and startling new dimension to her exquisite and adventurous songs.

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.

Be automatically entered to win 2 free tickets by emailing Promotions@EastBayExpress.com with "Rokia Traoré" in the subject line by Thursday, November 21 by noon. Winners will be notified via email within two days from deadline.

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