"Timbuktu Tarab" - Khaira Arby

Khaira Arby
Khaira Arby - Timbuktu Tarab


This is not world music. These are today's sounds from contemporary Africa, from mysterious Timbuktu, the crossroads of religions, cultures and epochs. Through her music, Khaira Arby bridges cultures. With her rock band, she sings about work, love, family, women and the toll of war. She expresses pride in the people and the potential of her desert homeland. Prepare yourself for complex rhythms and rolling melodies. Khaira's voice rings strong, clear and true through it all. Born in Abaradjou, a neighborhood of Timbuktu, Khaira's parents were from different ethnic backgrounds, Sonrhai and Berber. You can hear these worlds mix through her songs as she slips among several languages, sometimes within the same tune. The musical arrangements are a complex fusion of driving electric guitars and bass with drumkit, calabash, ngoni and traditional violin. You can hear rhythms of the camel caravans, desert blues, contemporary rock and roll -- all sounds of today in northern Mali. As she says, "Malian audiences find me in all their music. My style has many Malian musical influences." The hugely popular Khaira is acclaimed by all as the Nightingale of Mali's North. Honored by her country in 2006, she was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mali. This album represents the latest work in her amazing musical career. Named one of the top 25 Albums of Malian music by Songlines magazine in July of 2013, this album has not been widely distributed until now. Relatively unknown outside of Mali before 2010, Khaira toured to promote this Clermont Music album release. The music has a rough garage band sound grounded in traditional songs. A singer with power and drive, bringing a new fusion to African music and a new interpretation of the diverse music of Timbuktu.