Sidi Toure

2:59pm

Sun September 15, 2013
Music Interviews

Honoring A Duty To Make Music In Silent Mali

Originally published on Sun September 15, 2013 5:08 pm

Sidi Touré's new album, Alafia, is his third international release.
Johnathan Crawford Courtesy of Thrill Jockey Records

The songwriter and guitarist Sidi Touré is a superstar in his native Mali. But in the last 18 months, it hasn't been easy for Malian artists.

Islamic extremists are fighting for control of the area around Timbuktu, in the northern part of the country. The violence, along with a rebel-imposed ban on both music and secular art, has forced many of Mali's artists to flee the country.

Sidi Touré, who is from the North, was in the middle of recording his latest album when all this started happening.

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12:06pm

Tue September 18, 2012
World Cafe

Sidi Toure On World Cafe

Sidi Toure.
Johnathan Crawford Courtesy of the artist

Sidi Touré is a Songhai singer-songwriter from the city of Gao in northern Mali. Though he grew up in a royal family, he sings the blues elegantly and in his own native language; interestingly, Touré has said he'd never heard American blues music until after his first album was released.

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2:45pm

Mon June 11, 2012
Music Reviews

Sidi Touré And The Sonic Heritage Of The Sahara

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 11:42 am

Sidi Touré plays guitar and sings in the Songhaï tradition.
Jonathan Crawford

It's easy to romanticize the Sahara — a vast expanse of sand organized around the northern reaches of the Niger River. Part of that romance is captured in the music of singer and guitarist Sidi Touré, who composes songs in the folkloric tradition of the Songhaï people.

His new album of desert chamber music, Koïma, harkens back to the glory days of the Songhaï Empire, which ruled much of the region from the city of Gao in the 15th and 16th centuries.

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