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Khaira Arby, known as The Nightingale of Timbuktu (21 September 1959 โ€“ 19 August 2018), was a Malian singer-songwriter. She was born in Timbuktu, Mali Federation.

In 1992, Arby started a career under her own name, the first Malian woman to do so. In 2010, she became globally popular. She toured the United States, performed at Pop Montreal in 2010, and at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2011.

Arby wrote and sang in the indigenous languages โ€‹โ€‹of the region, Songhai, Tamachek, Bambara, and in Arabian.

Arby died on 19 August 2018 in Bamako, Mali from breast cancer at the age of 59.

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