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Side Toure's mission is to keep Mali's musical traditions alive
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 10:59
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Sidi Toure
Sidi Toure comes from a royal Malian family.
For generations his family from the town of Gao was toasted in song by griots, the singer-songwriters and oral historians found through western Africa.
While long celebrated in song, the family did not celebrate the notion that young Sidi, born in 1959, was interested in himself becoming a musician.
His older brother even destroyed the guitars young Sidi created from his wooden writing slate.
But he persisted and his family relented. His mother, who played traditional violin but only at home, called him the family’s griot, Toure told a the website MundoVibe.
He went on to become the lead singer in his school band and then became the youngest member at 17 of the Songhai Stars.
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