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Uploaded on Mar 24, 2011
One of the living legends of Malian music, Khaira Arby is widely hailed as the queen of Malian desert soul, and with good reason. 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.
Recorded live from The Parish in Austin, Texas on March 17, 2011. Follow NPR Music's SXSW 2011 coverage at www.npr.org/sxsw.