Sidi Touré is a highly acclaimed practitioner of Songhaï Music with two Malian National Arts Awards for best singer. Touré led Gaos regional orchestra, The Songhaï Stars, prior to going out on his own. In 2011, he released Sahel Folk, his debut album for Thrill Jockey, touring North America and Europe for the first time. For his fourth release, Toubalbero (a big traditional drum used to call and gather people in Gao), Touré has created a danceable, dynamic, and joyous album played with some of the most exciting new faces on the Mailian music scene. A revered leader who has his feet deep in the Northern Mali music tradition has created an album, despite the regions significant political challenges, that brims with optimism.
Featuring: Sidi Touré (vocals, guitar and calabash) is joined by bassist Baba Traoré, drummer Mamadou Mandou Kone (who also plays with Vieux Farka Touré), electric guitarist Djadjé Traoré, NGoni player (traditional Malian guitar) Ousmane Papou Dagnon, and vocalist Babou Diallo.