is, like the famous
Ali Farka Touré
, a songhaï from the north of
Mali, but unlike the latter, Sidi is from Gao, the capital of the ancient songhaï empire.
During his childhood, Sidi Touré was the lead singer of the school band, but his family was initially opposed to
a potential musical career. Nevertheless, in 1976, he became member of the regional orchestra of Gao, the
. At that time, the government of Mali supported cultural and musical
expression through bi-annual festivals (Biennale), where each region of Mali was represented by an orchestra and a traditional ensemble.
Although at first, he had to sing in Bambara, but at the Biennale of 1984 he won the award as the best singer with a song of his
own hand, « Manou Tchirey »
, a song in Songhaï
In 1986, he won the same award again, and his band toured in the north of Mali and in Niger, areas where
is spoken. Success in the rest of Mali, however, did not occur. In 1990,
the band broke up, and after a year singing with the Carnaval Band of Maradi
in neighbouring Niger,
he went to Bamako in 1992 and was asked to sing for National Badema
, the band where
was a lead singer.
Sidi's wish to bring forward the music of the Gao region to a wider public was finally realised when he was given
the opportunity to record a first solo album in 1995, « Hoga »
The world had to wait 16 long years for the release of a second album, that was recorded as a live "field-recording"
style at Sidi's sister's house. A new studio album, « Koïma »
was released only one year later, in 2012.