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Remembering the Great Malian Musician Khaira Arby

The "Nightingale of Timbuktu" died in a Bamako hospital following heart problems.

Khaira Arby, also known as the "Nightingale of Timbuktu" and the "Diva of the Desert," passed away on Sunday at a Bamako hospital.

Her son confirmed the news, saying she had been receiving treatment for heart problems.

Arby, a widely celebrated songwriter and recording artist, had long been popular across the globe and in her home for her powerful raw vocals, as well as her blend of Saharan desert blues with funkier sounds.

She was very outspoken, often using her songs and position to speak out for social issues like female empowerment in Mali.

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