This week, the wonderful Rokia Traoré released her new record, Tchamantché, and it’s been rolling up glowing reviews. If you fell in love with Rokia’s smoky voice and her thoughtful, sensitive songs via her two songs on TED.com, or during her knockout set at Pangea Day last May, seek this record out. You can find video from the new album on her website, RokiaTraore.net. Or get acquainted with Rokia via the stunning “Kounandi,” from her set at TEDGlobal 2007 in Arusha, Tanzania:
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Singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré performs “Kounandi,” a breathtaking song that blends Malian instruments with a modern, heartfelt vocal. Please note: This song is not available for download. (Recorded June 2007 in Arusha, Tanzania. Duration: 6:26.) Watch Rokia Traore’s talk on TED.com, where you can rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances. […]
Diana Nyad swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, a journey that took her just under 53 hours last September. In today’s talk, Nyad gives a vivid account of what it was like to be out in the water, making her fifth attempt at this swim — one she first tried […]