Friday, 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


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