On this show our studio guests will be Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars (SLRAS) and a live interview with Mali's reigning queen of song, Khaira Arby dubbed the "Timbuktu Desert Blues Diva." SLRAS, a group of musicians who escaped the horrific violence of Sierra Leone's civil war, and formed a band in a refugee camp in Guinea to keep their spirits up and their hopes alive. Now an international musical sensation, their journey exemplifies the universal healing power of music.Their latest album Rise and shine has received rave reviews.
Khaira Arby has been writing and singing in the indigenous languages of her Sahara Desert region (Songhai, Tamaschek, Bambara, Arabic) for decades. On her first tour in North America, Khaira Arby debut CD (Timbuktu Tarab) gives Americans their first glimpse of a Desert rose. Her robust voice, roiling grooves and direct lyrics, often addressing sensitive issues, have made her a legend in her own time. Her greatest social impact in her native country of Mali and beyond has been her advocacy for women.
Khaira Arby and Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars (SLRAS) are the headline bands at Willy Street and UW World Musical Festivals on Saturday (9/25). Khaira performs at 4pm and SLRAS come on at 7pm..
For those outside Madison area, you can listen to us online live at http://www.wort-fm.org/listen.php or if you miss the show through the archives at http://archive.wort-fm.org/ and use itunes or win media to play. Our line up guest african artist is on the rise and stay tune every saturdays 2-4 pm central time
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