Eat Your Own Ears present the amazing SIDI TOURE in association with The Quietus
Plus support from C JOYNES
“An inheritor to Davy Graham: a lone operator prone to unexpected collaborations, a repertoire that crosses continents and timezones with consummate ease, and dashed off with a phenomenal, yet lightly applied technique.” Rob Young, The Wire
“His epigrammatic re-castings and re-readings of widely-travelled folk melodies and rhythms from a variety of traditions suggest shared memories that might be intensely universal while seeming strangely out of reach.” Kevin McNeill, Dusted Magazine
“As much Conlon Nancarrow and Ali Farka Toure as Blind Lemon Jefferson, the compositional mind at work here can take apparently disparate threads of modernism and ethnic tradition and treat them as though they were all archaic blues styles learnt from dusty 78s.” Bruce Russell, The Wire
Hailing from the ancient town of Gao, once the heart of the Songhai Empire, Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist Sidi Touré channels the traditional music and religion of his heritage and fuses it with a western blues sensibility to create his distinctive style of organic African folk.
A leading proponent of Songhaï blues, Sidi sings in his native tongue and is often accompanied by a guitarist, calabash player, traditional violinist (sokou) and singer, effortlessly mixing tradition and modernity to address a wide range of themes including African magic and city-dwelling dilemmas.
The winner of two Malian national awards for best singer, Sidi is a nationally renowned figure in his home country and is beginning to achieve well-deserved success and critical acclaim abroad.
After the rapturous reception to 2011’s Sahel Folk, Sidi released his new album Koima, again on esteemed indie label Thrill Jockey in April 2012 , which Pitchfork described as “a beautiful album…so bright (and) unapologetically hopeful.”
Sidi Toure will play the UK for the first time in November – with one show at Café OTO, an Eat Your Own Ears concert presented in conjunction with the Quietus and one show at Momo, presented by Enchanted Tunes.
“Sidi Touré is a worthy successor to Ali Farka Touré. Among Songhaï musicians, he is the best.” – Bassekou Kouyaté
VIDEO “Ni See Ay Ga Done” : http://vimeo.com/36983002
LIVE in Toronto : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uwi4TarJnRg
LIVE in Troy (NY) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2mTTpYns14
‘Sahel Folk finds its strength in simplicity’ **** DownBeat
‘A pleasant Oasis for those who want to explore the desert’ **** Uncut
‘call it Mojo or Juju, Sidi Toure has it working on Sahel Folk’ Baltimore Blues Society
‘hewn from the same deep scam of desert blues that Ali Farka Toure worked ’***** Songlines
‘Toure’s music is acoustic desert blues that drift between jumpy Tuareg and Songhai rhythms’ ***The Times
‘This is rippling Malian balladry of a kind that’s now familiar, but is nonetheless engaging and sometimes moving too’ The Wire