Wednesday, October 12

Mali: Khaira Arby – Gossip (2012)

"... Khaira Arby is known as the Nightingale of the North in her home country of Mali. In a career spanning four decades, she has faced everything from family objections to her chosen path to death threats from the Wahabist hard-liners who surged into her home town of Timbuktu in 2012, destroying her studio and attempting to outlaw all recorded music. Now she’s back with her fifth studio album, Gossip, which reflects the turbulent recent history of her country and mirrors the complex mix of ethnicities and cultures that make up Mali today. ..."
Guardian - John Doran (SoundCloud)
Guardian - Women of Timbuktu find their voice again after nightmare of jihadi rule
Forced Exposure
allmusic (Video)
YouTube: Khaira, Khaira Arby: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert