Sidi Toure http://kunc.org en Honoring A Duty To Make Music In Silent Mali http://kunc.org/post/honoring-duty-make-music-silent-mali The songwriter and guitarist Sidi Touré is a superstar in his native Mali. But in the last 18 months, it hasn't been easy for Malian artists.<p>Islamic extremists are fighting for control of the area around Timbuktu, in the northern part of the country. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 20:59:00 +0000 49630 at http://kunc.org Honoring A Duty To Make Music In Silent Mali Sidi Toure On World Cafe http://kunc.org/post/sidi-toure-world-cafe <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/11/154783135/sidi-toure-and-the-sonic-heritage-of-the-sahara">Sidi Touré</a> is a Songhai singer-songwriter from the city of Gao in northern Mali. Though he grew up in a royal family, he sings the blues elegantly and in his own native language; interestingly, Touré has said he'd never heard American blues music until after his first album was released.<p>After rising to fame in his home country in the 1980s — while singing with a local group called The Songhai Stars — Touré didn't record his first EP until 1996. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 18:06:00 +0000 33813 at http://kunc.org Sidi Toure On World Cafe Sidi Touré And The Sonic Heritage Of The Sahara http://kunc.org/post/sidi-tour-and-sonic-heritage-sahara It's easy to romanticize the Sahara — a vast expanse of sand organized around the northern reaches of the Niger River. Part of that romance is captured in the music of singer and guitarist Sidi Touré, who composes songs in the folkloric tradition of the Songhaï people.<p>His new album of desert chamber music, <em>Ko<em>ï</em>ma</em>, harkens back to the glory days of the Songhaï Empire, which ruled much of the region from the city of Gao in the 15th and 16th centuries.<p>Many of Touré's songs express nostalgia for that bygone era. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 20:45:00 +0000 28708 at http://kunc.org Sidi Touré And The Sonic Heritage Of The Sahara