LIVE: Sidi Toure & Friends @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 10/6/11

October 7th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg
Sidi Toure

Sidi Toure

Steve Pierce, director of the Sanctuary For Independent Media, walked up to the microphone to introduce the band and address the audience assembled there. In his brief introduction, he pointed out that the African bands who have played there have no problems in finding the place, but the regional audience for this music seems to be somewhat mystified as to where in North Troy the Sanctuary is located.

And he’s right.

But on Thursday night, more than enough people found out just where the old former church is, and the crowd to greet Sidi Toure was 100 members strong.

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

October 4th, 2011, 4:30 pm by Greg

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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