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Sidi Toure

As mentioned, legendary Malian blues artist Sidi Toure is going on a tour this fall, which already includes one NYC date happening on October 5 at BAM Cafe, but now he's added a sooner NYC show to his schedule. This one is happening at Highline Ballroom on September 27. Tickets to that show are on sale now. Updated dates, most of which are with Cedric Watson, are listed below.

Toure is touring in anticipation of his new record, Alafia, due out on Thrill Jockey next week (9/17). You can stream his latest single, "Ay Hora," along with the updated list of tour dates and a video, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Sidi Toure

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...

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by Andrew Sacher


Sidi Touré, born in 1959 in the ancient town of Gao, Mali, made his first guitar as a child, constructing it from his wooden writing slate. Growing up, Sidi Touré faced a conflict between the inexorable pull of music and the expectations of family and society, plus the significance and onus of a past that came with being born into a noble family. The Touré family had been sung about, and sung to, by traditional griots for centuries, but until Sidi Touré challenged the rules as a small boy, the Touré's did not sing. Despite his family's disapproval, Sidi became the lead singer of his school's band, and then became the youngest member of Gao's regional orchestra, the Songhaï Stars, who played bi-annual festivals like the Bamako Biennale and toured both regionally and nationally. After winning the award for best singer twice, he took the band to the northern regions of Mali and to Niger, and toured much of the western Sahel region. Throughout his time making music, Sidi's sound has both captured and challenged his roots. His music moves from the translucent swaying takamba to the trance inducing Holley, while the lyrics often address many non-traditional issues. Sidi has a critical mind and his songs have a purpose. [Nat Geo Music]
Malian blues singer Sidi Touré has been making music in his home country since the 1970s and released his debut album, Hoga in 1996 on Stern's Records. In 2011, Sidi teamed up with the primarily indie rock label Thrill Jockey Records who released Sahel Folk, his second album and first in the 15 years since his debut. This past April, the label put out Sidi's third album, Koïma.

Where Sahel Folk focused on Sidi's guitar and voice and was an especially sparse album, Koïma brings in a group of collaborators who helped Sidi create a more communal work, complete with polyrhythmic percussion and prominent backing vocals. You can check out spotify streams of both albums and some videos below.

Last year, Sidi Touré went on his first North American tour which brought him to Chicago's World Music Festival, and NYC's Lincoln Center, among other places. He'll be heading out on another North American tour this summer, including two NYC shows: Joe's Pub on August 4 and a free Summerstage show at Marcus Garvey Park on August 6 with The Pedrito Martinez Group and Wouter Kellerman. Tickets for the Joe's Pub show are on sale now.

A list of all dates, videos, and album streams below...

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