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Desdemona: Rokia Traoré, Tina Benko
An intimate and profound staged concert by Toni Morrison, Rokia Traoré, Peter Sellars.
In Desdemona, Rokia Traoré and Toni Morrison, two women of African and African American origin, come together to create a work inspired by an 'invisible' character from one of Shakespeare's most racially charged plays.
In response to Peter Sellars' 2009 Othello, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison and Malian singer/songwriter Rokia Traoré collaborate to create an intimate and profound conversation between Shakespeare's Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary from beyond the grave.
Moving beyond centuries of colonialism and racism, two women share stories, songs and hope for a different future.
Image © Rokia Traore
This event takes place at Barbican Centre, which has achieved Silver Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Malian singer with a rich smoky voice, combined with funk grooves and rhythms, Rokia offers a new slant on African music. While still rooted in the Malian musical tradition, her mix of world sounds and blues has a unique sound and style, making her one of Africa's most inventive singer-songwriters. The daughter of a diplomat, Traoré spent her childhood travelling internationally, while as an adult she's moved back and forth between Europe and Mali.
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