Mali’s Khaira Arby has delivered–after two decades–a recording for the rest of the world. I’m not at all tempted to say much more, except to tell you Timbuktu Tarab is by far the best African record of the year, and, furthermore, obtain its five stars and essential status by the third track. If you need a rundown, I’ve tacked expert commentary below. For everybody else, the video from NPR captures her vibe.
So: get it.
Banning Eyre on Khaira Arby, The Afropop Blog
Khaira Arby, on the Lucid Culture blog
Bill Meyer, on Khaira Arby, on Dusted Reviews