“Né So” (Home) is the title track from Rokia Traoré’s upcoming album, sixth in her outstanding career as an artist.
Musically restrained and built around spoken verses depicting the plight of uprooted people, it’s an urgent and socially conscious commentary on the current world affairs.
The album was recorded with musicians from the entire West African region, but the sound of “Né So” is unmistakably Traoré’s own. At once spare and refined, enveloping its powerful message in sublime arrangements for electric guitar, ngoni, bass and percussion.
While you can stream above Rokia’s second single off the album, the delicate “Ilé”, you should also check out the first video for the title track off the album “Né So” that appeared in our African Best of 2015 feature.