Malian Music Master Sidi Toure Kicks Off Fall Season @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 10/6/11

The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy kicks off its autumn season with a bang at 7pm on Thursday with a concert by the renowned Malian music master Sidi Toure. Tix for the all-ages concert are $10.

The singer-songwriter-guitarist will be joined onstage by his band, which includes Jambala Maiga on kuntigui and Domu Maiga on kurbu.

“Sidi Touré is a worthy successor to Ali Farka Touré. Among Songhaï musicians, Sidi is the best,” says fellow Malian musician Bassekou Kouyaté, who wowed the crowd at the Sanctuary last year. “Sidi Toure has all the talent, quality, simplicity, playing and singing skills, it’s incredible. We need people like Sidi.”

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On his new album, “Sahel Folk” – released earlier this year on the Thrill Jockey indie label – Sidi’s rich sound both captures and challenges his Malian musical roots. His music moves effortlessly from a translucent sway to a deep, trance-inducing groove, while the lyrics often address many non-traditional issues.

“The songs must come from within,” says Touré. “If I sing about things and there is no change, then it will have been a waste.”

Here’s the full listing of upcoming concerts for the fall season at the Sanctuary for Independent Media:

Sidi Touré & Friends
The fall season opens with music from Mali, the hotbed of new African music, featuring
Sidi Touré (guitar, vocals), Jambala Maiga (kuntigui) and Domu Maiga (kurbu).

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 8pm, $10
Day of the Dead Celebration with Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde
A rocking Dia de los Muertos show honoring our revolutionary ancestors with an energetic fusion of Afro-Caribbean, reggae, rock, and hip hop—freedom sounds to inspire a dance rebellion!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 3pm, $10
The internationally renowned 10-piece jazz ensemble from Boston combines the agility and freedom of a jazz combo, the raw power and subtle coloring of a jazz orchestra, and the deep grooves of Afro-Latin music, premiering “The Collected Unconscious,” a new suite by bandleader Russ Gershon.

“Live From Lock One” featuring Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned
This singularly exciting indie folk-rock group, one of the founding members of Albany’s B3nson collective, brings its kinetic energy to the Sanctuary’s ongoing series of live recordings of local musicians performing for a studio audience. The season finale benefits Youth Media Sanctuary.

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