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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.
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January 18, 2013 In a beautiful and powerful new song, Fatoumata Diawara, Amadou and Mariam, Oumou Sangare and nearly 40 more top musicians from Mali join together for one purpose: to help bring peace back to their shattering country.
Khaira Arby performs on Mountain Stage.
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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.
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March 17, 2011 The queen of Malian desert rock, Khaira Arby has the chops to overwhelm her incredible band, who create a hypnotic backdrop for her gloriously swooping vocals.
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The Sway Machinery with Khaira Arby
February 5, 2011 The Brooklyn band gives traditional Jewish cantorial music a modern edge with a swinging horn section and rock beats. But the unlikely invitation to play a major music festival in Mali — a Muslim country — inspired the band to record a new album, The House of Friendly Ghosts, Vol. I.
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Khaira Arby and band performing their Tiny Desk Concert September 17, 2010.
November 29, 2010 The queen of desert rock arrived like international royalty to perform selections from her new album, Timbuktu Tarab. Watch the Malian singer unveil her stunning vocal chops.
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In "Waidio," singer Khaira Arby insists that women must be free to pursue their own happiness.
August 31, 2010 As a singer, Arby has opened the door to a generation of artistic women who now follow in her footsteps. In "Waidio," she rails against the practice of female genital mutilation, decrying the "anguish of women" and insisting that they must be free to pursue their own happiness.
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