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Mountain Stage

Khaira Arby On Mountain Stage

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

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Front Row

Front Row: Khaira Arby

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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Tiny Desk

Khaira Arby: Tiny Desk Concert

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. Chris Nolan hide caption

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