After playing a handful of well-received sets at this year’s SXSW, pioneer Malian singer Khaira Arby will return to North America this summer for a victory lap. Throughout July, Arby will hit a couple of festivals while also playing in New York and California venues in which the big, flowing dresses that she wears onstage are probably a rare sight. Arby will be joined for the tour by Her Band, the backing ensemble bringing conventional western instruments to Arby’s spirited blend of West African roots, reggae and desert blues.


This interplay between the traditional and the modern is heavily present in Arby’s music, especially on her latest album, Timbuktu Tarab. Arby uses the record’s songs to retell legendary African folklore, as well as to speak out in favor of progressive causes like the improved treatment of women in Mali. Check out the dates for her summer tour, which are posted below.


Khaira Arby- “Waidio” by afropopww


Tour Dates For Khaira Arby And Her Band:
07/04 – Montreal, QC – Montreal Jazzfest
07/05 – Cambridge, MA – The American Repertory Theater
07/06 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
07/07 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
07/08 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
07/09 – Washington, DC – Red Palace
07/10 – Pittsburg, PA – Thunderbird Cafe
07/12 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
07/13 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
07/15 – Grass Valley, CA – California WorldFest
07/16 – San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom at Regency
07/20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
07/22 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
07/24 – Denver, CO – Underground Music Showcase
07/27 – Colorado Springs, CO – Armstrong Quad