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Khaira Arby and band performing their Tiny Desk Concert September 17, 2010.
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Khaira Arby and band performing their Tiny Desk Concert September 17, 2010.
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Concerts

Khaira Arby performs on Mountain Stage.

February 9, 2012 The queen of desert blues makes her first appearance on West Virginia's most famous stage.

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Khaira Arby performs at The Parish in Austin, Texas.

March 17, 2011 One of the living legends of Malian music, Khaira Arby is widely hailed as the queen of desert rock.

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Interviews & Profiles

The Sway Machinery

February 5, 2011 Performing in Mali forever changed the worldview of bandleader Jeremiah Lockwood.

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Discover Songs

Khaira Arby

August 31, 2010 In "Waidio," the pioneering singer insists that women must be free to pursue their own happiness.

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News

Fatoumata Diawara and some of her musical collaborators on "Voices United for Mali" at a press conference held in Bamako, Mali on Jan. 17, 2013.

January 18, 2013 In a new song, 40 top musicians from Mali demand peace for their shattering country.

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Khaira Arby

August 31, 2010 In "Waidio," the pioneering singer insists that women must be free to pursue their own happiness.

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More Stories

Khaira Arby and band performing their Tiny Desk Concert September 17, 2010.

November 29, 2010 Watch Mali's queen of desert rock unveil her stunning vocal chops at the NPR Music offices.

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