Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traore is the daughter of a diplomat.
She grew up in Europe, America and the Middle East...
And Traore says she's absorbed the cultures of the many places she's lived.
Still, she's produced three albums deeply rooted in the traditions of West Africa.
Now for her fourth album, she decided to add a new element, the classic sound of the all-American Gretsch electric guitar.
Rokia Traore spoke with The World's Marco Werman about her new album, "Tchamantche."
Rokia TraorÃ© Performances in the United States
February 3 Mountain View, CA Mountain View Center for the Arts
February 4 Stanford, CA Dinkelspiel Auditorium
February 6 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
February 8 Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music
February 11 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
February 12 Vienna, VA Barns At Wolftrap
February 13 Boston, MA Somerville Theatre
February 14 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts