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Going back and forth between Western Arabic and African countries clearly created the various musical backgrounds I could have and obviously influenced my professional attitude, my way of approaching both music composition and singing, particularly phrasing. — Rokia Traore

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American audiences don't react in the same way as European ones to African music because, I think, Europeans listen to this music through all the festivals that exist here. — Rokia Traore

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The audiences are really different in general. Even in the same country or in the same city, from one venue to another, the audiences can be totally different. — Rokia Traore

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I loved music - listening and playing - but of course I could not imagine I would be a professional musician. It really happened step by step. — Rokia Traore

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It's a great experience just to understand that finally being well known is not the most important thing. — Rokia Traore

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The interesting thing for me is to put together all my influences and all my experiences I got through my traveling with my father. — Rokia Traore

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I don't think I'm unique or that I'm trying to do something unique, but I feel it is something I would like to hear. This kind of music I would like to listen to but I can't hear very often. — Rokia Traore

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Not what you would call a musical family, but my father used to play saxophone, and I discovered many genres of music when I was a child. — Rokia Traore

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Everybody does music from his culture and his experiences with his culture. There are not so many people who are interested by the music coming from different countries and different cultures and trying to make music from that, from all these experiences. — Rokia Traore

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I'm in a state of my life when the essential is very important to me. I don't like long songs with complicated arrangements and breaks anymore. — Rokia Traore

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I think about all these influences and musical cultures, then the opinion of the audience is of course important, but when I'm working on an album or a new project, I'm not all the time thinking about what the audience will think about it. — Rokia Traore

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An artist who doesn't have any audience is not an artist. — Rokia Traore

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When you are able to make a living with your job as an artist, that means you have an audience and you have to thank this audience. — Rokia Traore

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I used to play guitar for myself and write lyrics and listen to different styles of music. — Rokia Traore

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Without an audience, all your dreams will not come true at all, because you need an audience to write new songs and continue to do music. — Rokia Traore

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For me, each time I'm on stage, each time I'm working on a new album, it's like a dream. I can't believe it's happening. — Rokia Traore

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Of course I am stressed after I finish working on an album about what an audience will think, if it will be successful or not. — Rokia Traore

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I've been in contact with music since I was four or five years old through my father, because of the interest he had in music and all his musical skills. I finally managed to make that my profession. — Rokia Traore

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There are some things around us that are not actually useful. I didn't know that before. It's very new for me to understand. That became my way of writing: I can see also the new myself. — Rokia Traore

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I wanted to come back to the guitar after three albums and almost 10 years. I started to miss this instrument and I wanted to come back to the guitar. — Rokia Traore

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I can introduce new parts because when you are on stage in front of a very happy audience or people who love what you are doing, you are able to do extraordinary things that you yourself didn't think you could do before. — Rokia Traore

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Sometimes there are painters or very famous artists who start to become artists after they are dead because an audience or a public know about their art after they die. — Rokia Traore

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A melody without the right rhythm hardly exists. — Rokia Traore

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You can be a star here in Europe and not be known at all in the United States. — Rokia Traore

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Traveling changed my personality and gave me ability to do the music I do and to think in a certain way that everything can be possible. — Rokia Traore

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My influences are jazz, blues, European classical music; they are rock music and pop music. So many kinds of music. World music from different countries like India and China. I think that would be a shame not to take advantage and do something ... not unique, because I don't have this pretension. — Rokia Traore

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The fact of playing an instrument and singing ... that I can try to make my dream of singing and becoming a professional musician come true is linked probably to the fact that I traveled a lot, which gave me an open mind and an ability to push my limits. — Rokia Traore

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When you have a chance to be an artist with an audience in your lifetime, you have to say thanks to your audience. That's a great thing. That's the best thing that can happen to an artist. — Rokia Traore

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I can change the arrangements on stage while I am playing or singing, doing signs to the musicians to change things because the audience is dancing or singing with us. That's the interesting part of the live show, actually, because everything is possible and everything can change. — Rokia Traore

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We're repeating the same things all the time; there aren't many new things happening in this life. — Rokia Traore

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I don't know if it's due to my age, that I'm older now, [but] I love the essentials. I don't like the things around us that are a kind of mirage. — Rokia Traore

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We need self-confidence in our ability to build Africa. I trust in Mali and I trust in music. — Rokia Traore

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At the beginning of the tour, I arrange the live show exactly like the album, but of course from one audience to another, from one venue to another, it can become longer. — Rokia Traore

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My father was not able to get all the vinyl he used to listen to with me. He couldn't travel as he did it because of his profession as a diplomatic career. — Rokia Traore

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In general, in painting sometimes people like Picasso or somebody are not very well known in the beginning, sometimes they become well known just before they die, or sometimes after they have died. I think these people start to be artists after they've stopped existing. — Rokia Traore

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The most important thing is to be happy myself with what I am doing. — Rokia Traore

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You just have to try before thinking that you can't. — Rokia Traore

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I prefer simple things - monotone melodies repeating the same things all the time. Because I think life is like that. — Rokia Traore

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You can't be unique any way. Music is made from seven notes. You will always come back to something. Even if you think you are unique, you will come back to something that existed before you were doing what you are doing. — Rokia Traore

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Of course the folk guitar is the one I play very often, but I wanted a more electric sound. — Rokia Traore