One habitually thinks of World Music as a term that covers all music that is not part of mainstream popular or classical music and that has some kind of “ethnic” component. The term is used primarily as a marketing/classificatory device, it sometimes referring to any kind of foreign music, especially in a foreign language. Traciana Graves, a native of Harlem, New York who sings and composes songs in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili and English is redefining what “world music” is with a sound crafted from all over the globe that is on the cutting edge of something worth listening to.
Traciana Graves has chosen to embrace a wide range of global musical influence focused through an extraordinarily powerful and sensual voice in imitation of no one. Her music gives voice to the joy and pain of living in a world beset with turmoil and conflict, and yet filled with beauty and the possibility of love.
–Vernon Reid, Grammy Award Winning Guitarist,
Producer and Founder of Living Colour
Traciana’s music has been described as “a haven soaked in cultural originality, a cultural bridge bringing together a global audience.” Traciana skillfully merges the sounds of Africa, America, Europe and the Middle East. There is a distinctive quality to her music that articulates more than just her individual journey and resonates with her listeners, a powerful and soulful vocal style that has brought her international acclaim.