Khaira Arby & Her Band, Diali Cissokho & Karaiba | Local 506 | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Khaira Arby & Her Band, Diali Cissokho & Karaiba

When: Tue., May 1, 9 p.m. 2012

With her honeyed, high vocal range, Khaira Arby sings with the confidence and authority of a messenger. That comes naturally for Timbuktu's "Diva of the Desert," who defied the dictates of husband and family to pursue a full-time music career, a rare feat for women in Northern Mali. She learned the craft of guitar-driven desert blues alongside Ali Farka Touré and has since used her lyrics to champion peace and women's rights. Beloved in Mali, where her music circulated for years only on cassette tapes, Arby is still being introduced to U.S. audiences via her first internationally released CD, Timbuktu Tarab. Carrboro's own Kairaba, a kora-led dance band with Senegalese griot Diali Cissokho, opens. —Sylvia Pfeiffenberger

Price: $9-11

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