79. Queen of vibrato
Queen of vibrato
Rokia Traore is a Malian noblewoman. She was brought up as the daughter of a diplomat and travelled widelyin Europe and the Middle East. She went through school and university beforebecoming a singer. Due to her background she does not belong to one of the singing families of her part of Mali (griots) but instead she cuts across a number of Malian styles.
For the outside listener she just has a magnificant voice and an unparalleled deep vibrato.This is best heard in the opening phrases of ‘Aimer’ which is why I have included two versions of it and the words! Her vibrato is to be heard on all her songs and is always lovely.
Take this for example: she’s dressed in Western clothes and stylish, but the beautiful voice rings out:
This is just an audio, but its a wonderful song. I dont know what its about, but the stunning twists of vibrato are enough to make it wonderful for me. Plus the chorus of ‘Ieyou’ (phonetically)
and then again: Mounesssa. Lovely rising and falling melody lines.
and here is Aimer. Perhaps not her masterpiece (she’s only 44) but a wonderful song. The verse is translated from the French original below but the chorus remains inscrutable!
And here is a remix of Aimer: With bells on.
The last few words are not translated as their are not ordinary language!
the translation is by ‘lyrics translate’ and coveys the general message even if the translation is a bit basic in places.
Here is a short, live, and very vivid Malian video. Wonderful drumming and dancing!
A fantastic singer in any context!