Posts Tagged ‘Khaira Arby’

How D.C. Filmmakers Documented the Last Festival in the Desert Before Northern Mali Succumbed to War

Three years ago, Andrea Papitto, then the head of a nonprofit in Ghana, called her D.C.–based pal Kiley Kraskouskas, whom she had met at New York University seven years before. Papitto told her about a trip she took to the Festival in the Desert, an annual Malian music event set in the sand dunes [...]

ToDo ToDay: Depression Solutions

Leave it to a New York Times columnist to come up with a solution for solving all of America’s ills. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has decided that asking what happened to the U.S. economy is so yesterday, and it’s time now to fix the ailing system. Fortunately, Krugman thinks he’s just the man for the [...]

Khaira Arby on Mali and Its Music

Like the recent appearance of Malian singer Vieux Farka Toure, tonight's Khaira Arby gig at DC9 carries some additional weight because of the political turmoil in their country. Now on her third tour of North America, this high-pitched wailer seems determined to develop a following on this side of the Atlantic. Over email, she answered [...]

Bombino and Vieux Farka Touré on the Upheaval in Mali

How will tonight’s gig from Niger Tuareg guitarist Bombino at DC9 and Thursday’s show from Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré at The Hamilton differ from their D.C. appearances in late 2011?  There may be musical differences, certainly. But as important is the sociopolitical context: a rebellion in North Mali and a coup in the south. Can you [...]

Free Tonight: Malian Singer Khaira Arby and Her Band

Malian singer Khaira Arby and her band will appear for free tonight at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as part of their first U.S. tour, which coincides with the release of Arby's first North American album, Timbuktu Tarab, on the Clermont Music label. Arby sings in a brash, raw-edged voice in Sonrai, Arabic, and Tamashek [...]