Blog April 20, 2012
Khaira Arby Tour Dates + Poignant Video
While talking about Khaira Arby's upcoming North American tour, we re-watched this footage from her first visit to the states in 2010. In light of the strife currently engulfing northern Mali, her description of her beloved multi-ethnic home, Timbuktu, is a potent reminder of what is at stake in the conflict. In Arby's own words- "In the land of Timbuktu, there are black Tuareg. There are the white Tuareg. There are Songhai. There are the Peul. This is why, in my songs, in my music, all the ethnic groups of Timbuktu find themselves, and I sing to them one by one... The music of the north is cosmopolitan. The music of  Timbuktu is so broad, it can embrace all kinds of music." Poignant words in light of the current situation. Watch the entire video below:   Tour Dates: Thu 4/26 DALLAS, TX Kessler Theater Fri 4/27 LAFAYETTE, LA Festival Int'l de Louisiane Sat 4/28 LAFAYETTE, LA Festival Int'l de Louisiane Mon 4/30 ATLANTA, GA The Earl Tue 5/1 DURHAM, NC Local 506 Wed 5/2 WASHINGTON, DC DC9 Thu 5/3 NEW YORK, NY Le Poisson Rouge Fri 5/4 BOSTON, MA Johnny D's Sat 5/5 ROCHESTER, NY Abilene Bar & Grill Mon 5/7 MONTREAL, QC La Sala Rosa Wed 5/9 GRAND RAPIDS, MI Pyramid Scheme Thu 5/10 CHICAGO, IL Old Town (small room) Fri 5/11 IOWA CITY, IA Englert Theatre Sat 5/12 LINCOLN, NE Bourbon Theater Mon 5/14 SALT LAKE CITY, UT Urban Lounge Sat 5/19 JOSHUA TREE, CA Joshua Tree Music Fest