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Sidi Toure

  • The songwriter and guitarist Sidi Touré is a superstar in Mali. But in the last 18 months, a violent insurgency from the country's northern regions made life very difficult — especially for artists. Now, he's set to release a new album, Alafia, recorded while rebels occupied his home town.
  • The Songhai singer-songwriter pays tribute to his hometown of Gao, Mali, on his newest album, Koima.
  • When Touré plays and sings on his new album, you can feel him channeling ancient folklore through the modern filter of an acoustic guitar.