Last Friday night the Sanctuary For Independent Media was filled to the rafters with the infectious African rhythms of Malian vocalist Khaira Arby and her band.
The five-piece outfit got a bit of a late start after being held up at the U.S./Canadian border, but once they were on the bandstand and in the spotlight weaving their intoxicating rhythms together, nobody cared. And for those who came early and waited around, there was plenty to do or see at the Sanctuary.
Arby – cousin of late, internationally acclaimed African guitar legend Ali Farka Toure – continues to mix modern sounds, American blues and West Africa’s varied traditional tribal music with the rich female griot vocal tradition forged by Ami Koita.
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