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by Andrew Sacher
SIdi Toure is the legendary blues singer/guitarist from Mali who has been making music in his home country for decades and finally began gaining worldwide recognition in recent years. His newest album, Alafia, will be released by Thrill Jockey Records on September 17, and its first single "Ay Hora" is out now. Whether or not "Malian blues" is a phrase that often enters your vocabulary, this is good stuff and you should check it out below.
Sidi will be touring North America around the time of the new album's release, and that tour brings him to NYC for a show on October 5 at BAM Cafe. No ticket info for that show are the moment.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream and LP tracklist, below...
Sidi Toure - "Ay Hora"
Sidi Toure - Alafia Tracklist:
01. Ay Hôra : My Dance
02. Ay Takamba : My Takamba
03. L'eau : The Water
04. Waayey : The Butcher
05. La Paix : Peace
06. Gandyey : The Spirits
07. Annour El Sahel : The Light of Sahel
08. Les Médicaments de la Rue : Street Medicines
10. Ir Wangarey : The Army
11. Boro Ganda : My Land
Sidi Toure -- 2013 Tour Dates
September 8 Bowling Green, OH Black Swamp Arts Festival
September 9 Lexington, KY Transylvania University
September 13-16 Chicago, IL Chicago World Music Festival
September 19 Bowling Green, OH Grounds For Thought
September 20 Oberlin, OH Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse
September 21 Pittsburgh, PA Thunderbird
September 22 Milheim, PA Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks
September 28 Arlington, VA Artisphere
October 4 Manchester, NH Saint Anselm College
October 5 Brooklyn, NY BAM Cafe
October 6 Philadelphia, PA Crossroads Music, Calvary Church
October 11-13 Pittsboro, NC Shakori Hills Grass Roots Festival