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Khaïra Arby (Uncredited)

Khaïra Arby

For women, singing can be the road to personal power. When their voice is as strong as Malian vocalist Khaira Arby’s, that power can move mountains, change minds, and win battles.Arby’s rich, potent sound aims to do just that on Timbuktu Tarab (Clermont Music; August 10, 2010), shifting seamlessly between the edgy and progressive and the traditional and deeply rooted. Inspired by her cousin Ali Farka Toure, Arby turns to her mixed Berber and Sonrhai roots and draws on a sweet mixture of desert blues and recording sophistication, blending ripping electric guitar with the forefather of the banjo and funky drum breaks with the traditional percussion of the scraper and the calabash.Though very much her own woman, Arby, born in a village not far from the famed city of Timbutku, is firmly planted in the desert sand.

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Khaïra Arby 8/24/10: Khaïra Arby

Malian vocalist Khaira Arby shifts seamlessly between the edgy and progressive and the traditional, turning to her mixed Berber and Sonrhai roots. She blends electric guitar with the forefather of the banjo and drum breaks with the traditional percussion of the scraper and the calabash.

Khaïra Arby

Malian vocalist Khaira Arby shifts seamlessly between the edgy and progressive and the traditional, turning to her mixed Berber and Sonrhai roots. She blends electric guitar with the forefather of the banjo and drum breaks with the traditional percussion of the scraper and the calabash.

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