My friend Raissa St. Pierre organizes the Thursday night music program at the Bard College Spiegeltent. She first saw Khaira Arby with her nine-piece band at the Festival-au-Desert in Essakane, Mali, 2008 – and she’s managed to get them here on their first American tour. They’re playing tonight at the Bard Spiegeltent – and yesterday, I was given the amazing opportunity to photograph the band at the WKZE radio station in Red Hook. I was completely blown away by their music, and their communal spirit was amazing. It was a real gift to have spent the afternoon listening to their truly inspirational
music. (And make sure to check out Raissa’s incredible show RADIO ARCHEOLOGY on WKZE, Saturday afternoons.)

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