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.
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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