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Timbuktu, Tombouctou Region, Mali | Established. Jan 01, 1990

Timbuktu, Tombouctou Region, Mali
Established on Jan, 1990
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"NPR Music"

"Shrouded in regal colors, she presides over a small army of brilliant African musicians, who create a hypnotic backdrop for her gloriously swooping vocals. It feels a little silly to think of her as a frontwoman — the mere lead singer of some band — on the live stage, she's all showmanship and command." Stephen Thompson, NPR Music - Stephen Thompson

"Jon Pareles"

"On “Timbuktu Tarab” (Clermont Music), her singing ricochets against eager backup choruses and lead-guitar lines that can hint at both Hendrix and Ali Farka Touré. Her band, mixing Western and African instruments, clearly knows its rock and reggae but keeps its African perspective, while a sinewy production flaunts every contrapuntal cascade. It’s world music that grabs and doesn’t let go." Jon Pareles, New York Times - New York Times

"Joe Tangari"

“Arby is one of Mali's most widely respected female singers and has a powerful style influenced by both southern Malian traditions and Arabic melisma.” Joe Tangari, Pitchfork - Pitchfork


  • Moulaye (1990)
  • Hala (1993)
  • Ya Rassoul (2002)
  • Timbuktu
    Tarab (2010)



  • Khaira Arby: Vocals
  • Soro Coulibaly: Keyboard
  • MBarka Dembele: Guitar
  • Moulaye Mohamed Tror: Bass
  • Mahalmadane Albanassane: Drums
  • Dramane Tour: Guitar
  • Tbc: Ngoni
Khaira Arby, was born in the village of Abaradjou in the Sahara Desert north of Timbuktu (Mali). The daughter of a Tuareg father and a Songhai mother, Khaira Arby started singing at the age of eleven in the Timbuktu troupe back in 1972. Over the years, Khaira Arbys popularity rose and she was increasingly in demand to sing at weddings, parties and circumcisions. After being given in marriage to a man who also refused to let her sing, like many of his contemporaries, she put her career on hold to focus on home life. The frustration proved too strong and she ended up divorcing, then joined Malis National Badema band before embarking on a solo career in the early 1990s. Armed with a strong will and independent nature, she was the first woman to release an album in her own name in the Timbuktu region.